Crucifixion - a pretty dismal and gory event in and of itself but when it is the Son of God and everyone is mocking Him, somehow it seems even worse. Now put Jesus to death hanging on a cross between two criminals that join in the mocking and somehow it seems worse. But from all of this comes an amazing, eloquently simple gospel message. We know the beginning of the story in Eden and now we see the supposed end at the cross. What is really happening is a story of repentance, grace, and redemption. Simple, right? Listen once, twice, often. Be blessed.
Using the LORD's calling of Jeremiah to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1) for background, we look at Jeremiah's prayer in Jeremiah 20:7-18. The honesty and emotion that Jeremiah displayed to his creator, the Lord God, is amazing. Jeremiah at this point in his ministry was really unhappy with God feeling that he had been deceived by God. Indeed the word used in Jeremiah 20:7 is the same used in Exodus 22:16 and Deuteronomy 11:16. Pretty strong. But Jeremiah did not lie to God in how he felt in his prayer. Can we say the same? Give a listen.