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Christianity is about God reaching out his hand in friendship to mankind. Christians believe that the whole world and everything in it was created by God. God is a personal being, a living God who is three, yet one: Father, Son and Spirit, just as we human beings have body, mind and soul! (see the Trinity).

The Bible says God created people in his image, to love him. Yet every person has rebelled against God and sinned. Yet instead of turning his back on us, God became a man, Jesus, who most scholars believe was born about the year 4 BC and lived among us. He taught a message of love throughout Palestine but public opinion turned against him and he was executed as a young man.

He died because of us - the death that we should have died. He was crucified on a cross, but he rose from the dead, and now calls us to trust him, to love him and to repent of our rebellion. If we do this, then we our relationship with God becomes restored and we will live forever with God.

Many non-Christians may think that being a Christian is about belonging to a particular church or following a certain set of rule. Most Christians however would agree that at its root, being a Christian means to be in a living relationship with Jesus.

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August Scripture Portion for Bible Commentary : Isaiah 28 - Ezekiel 11, including the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations

In chapters 37 and 38 we read that Jeremiah was imprisoned on suspicion of being a traitor. Then, chapter 39 records the city of Jerusalem being burned, and the fate of Zedekiah. The Word of God, through Jeremiah, was vindicated. The city was destroyed, just as Jeremiah predicted, and Zedekiah's sons were killed. Zedekiah's eyes were put out, and he was carried in chains to Babylon. Verses 11-18 record the kind of treatment Jeremiah received. He was given a choice to go to Babylon, or stay in Palestine. He chose the latter and we again see that the faithful are rewarded when judgment falls. Jeremiah, who had been faithful to God and His Word, and faithful to deliver the Word to the backslidden nation, was not rewarded for his faithfulness; whereas, the remainder of Jerusalem was taken into captivity.

Chapters 40 and 41 record the murder of Gedaliah, the son of Jeremiah's friend, Ahikam. Nebuchadnezzar had appointed him governor over Judah , but within three months he was assassinated. It is interesting to note that Gedaliah had his headquarters at Mizpeh, which is seven miles north of Jerusalem. In 1935, a seal bearing the inscription, "Belonging to Gedaliah, the one who is over the house," was found in the layer of ashes left by Nebuchadnezzar 's fire at Lachish.

In chapter 40:9-16 we read that the wise regime of Gedaliah was prospering, but Ishmael, a member of the royal family, was sent by Baalis of Ammon to assassinate Gedaliah. Ishmael, with a company of ten men, slew Gedaliah.

In chapter 41 a sorrowing band, on the way to Jerusalem, was also murdered. Ishmael fled to Ammon. The remnant, who were perplexed by the killing of Gedaliah, and fearing reprisal by Nebuchadnezzar , sought Jeremiah to pray for them. The answer came from the Lord in ten days, telling them they should remain in the land. However, they refused God's Word and decided to go to Egypt.


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