Prophet Pearls #15 – Bo (Jeremiah 46:13-28)

Prophet Pearls Bo, Jeremiah 46:13-28, egypt, jeremiah, torah portion, prophet, nations, yehovah, yhvh, haftarah, nehemia gordon, keith johnson, parsha, boThis week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Bo covering Jeremiah 46:13-28. Jeremiah, the prophet to the nations, foretells another “smiting” for Egypt—providing the connection to the Torah portion where the Lord, with a strong hand, brought his people out of Egypt. This time though, the smiting is at the hand of the Babylonians—a fact that provides another glimpse into the ways and means of Yehovah.

We learn more about the “iron furnace” that appears three times in the Tanakh—the crucible God used to turn a family of shepherds into a nation. We see an example of Yehovah swearing by his own name and Gordon provides an explanation for the “forest” in Egypt that was cut down. As we read of the “full end” planned for the nations of the exile, we’re reminded of the warnings in the Tanakh “not to be glad” because part of being faithful to Yehovah is caring about all human beings. Word studies include: “plague/makot,” “savior/moshiach,” and “tremble/maharid,”—with its root chet-reish-dalet and its connection to Haredi Judaism. Johnson closes with a prayer for hearts of peace—hearts that bring light and that hold God’s perspective for the nations of the world.

"I will deliver [Egypt]... into the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar... But you, Have no fear, My servant Jacob..." Jeremiah 46:25-7

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The original artwork at the top of this post was created for this episode of Prophet Pearls by Anna Jakubowski. It portrays Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon having dominion over Egypt and Jacob being protected.

10 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #15 – Bo (Jeremiah 46:13-28)

  1. Nehemia shalom my name is tsephanyah.i was listening to your program and for most things I do support,but I have an issue and the issue is I have a friend believing he should watch the moon to determine the Shabbat.is there any stronger material I could help him out with?

  2. Nehemiah, just a little note.. funny how you mentioned Christians not wanting to hear about “where’s Jesus” in regard to that “ingathering”, and you were the SAME way when you spoke of Egypt at 15:50 & 20:10 (still love you tho 😉

  3. Loved hearing what you said about the Christmas tree Keith 🙂

    To the Tune of “Deck the Halls”

    Deck the halls with boughs of holly,

    fa la la la la, la la la la

    wrap it all up with a Christian bow.

    fa la la la la, la la la la

    Does it all ever make you wonder,

    fa la la la la la, la la la

    why do we decorate trees and wreaths?

    fa la la la la la, la la la

    Oh I grew up adoring Santa,

    fa la la la la, la la la la

    praying that I’d been good enough,

    fa la la la la, la la la la

    to receive gifts beneath our tree.

    fa la la la la la, la la la

    So when did this become okay?

    fa la la la la, la la la la

    Singing songs like, “Oh Christmas Tree.”

    fa la la la la, la la la la

    Finally I Googled “origin Christmas,”

    fa la la la la, la la la la

    Blending Truth must have seemed so harmless,

    fa la la, la la la, la la la

    but now we only know of Christmas.

    fa la la la la, la la la la

    Do we know the day of Sukkot?

    fa la la, la la la, la la la

    Christ’s birth, death and Resurrection,

    were foreshadowed by these sacred Feasts.

    fa la la la la, la la la la

    From the “The Passover” to “First Fruits”

    The Spotless “Lamb”, “Unleavened” One,

    died, was buried and rose again.

    At “Feast of Weeks” He sent His Spirit.

    Each of these at the appointed time.

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

  4. On the forest of Egypt its talking about the battle at Carchemish in Syria which was a strong hold that was the land for the Pharaoh Necho who fought Nebuchanezzar II there. Its the trees in that land and those forests verse 23 of Jeremiah is mentioning.

  5. Funny thing Keith… when I shared some of these teachings with a friend I got the response, “but he’s a Methodist, he doesn’t keep the Sabbath”. I said, “i would bet he does, b/c to understand and teach these treasures in the Torah and not be walking in truth would be hypocrisy.” Don’t judge a book by it’s cover and most importantly: “You will know them by their fruits”. That is, the fruits of God’s spirit, ‘love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…
    May Yehovah continue to guide and bless you both!!
    Thank you~

    • I disagree, an idol is a carved or a molten nephesh-likeness. Look at applicable commandments when you are going to condemn anti-scriptural practices, then I will agree.

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