Prophet Pearls #42 – Matot (Jeremiah 1:1-2:3)

Almond branch in the Valley of Elah. Photo by Nehemia Gordon. In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Matot, covering Jeremiah 1:1-2:3. Gordon and Johnson provide copious context for the life and times of Jeremiah and the heart-wrenching message he delivered to Jerusalem. The word-of-the-week is “shoked” (shin, qoof, dalet). Its expressions of “almond branch” and “diligence” provide a lesson in creative destruction and an example of a classic Hebrew word pun. Gordon closes with a prayer based on the last verse of the portion—thanking Yehovah for protecting the first fruits of his harvest in Jerusalem, in Israel, and throughout the world.

"The word of Yehovah came to me: What do you see, Jeremiah? I replied: I see a branch of an almond tree." Jeremiah 1:11

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10 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #42 – Matot (Jeremiah 1:1-2:3)

  1. It is less offensive and yet still honest to say “I have been taught in error and ignorance rather than lies” Lies is legal accusation, that must be accompanied by 2-3 witnesses in court of law.

    Young Jeremiah’s experience when Yehovah calls him is like Moses.

    • Jeremiah 16:19 would disagree, Yehovah is not concerned with offending anyone when the truth goes forth from His mouth.

      “O Yehovah, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the gentiles shall come unto you from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.”

      The Hebrew word used for lies is “sheqer” and means lie, deception or falsehood. The fact that they are inherited from the fathers means that they have been taught or passed down through example. So yes according to Yehovah we have been lied to. Sanitizing the word of God is a lie in itself.

  2. Thank you, thank you! My life has been filled with lies…from school history books to Sunday School doctrine. Your broadcasts are like water to my soul and my daily bread. Everyday when I wake up I grab my coffee and search for His truths that were meant for all of us. My eyes have been open and I can’t get enough truth fast enough into brain. I feel like a starved child being led to a smorgasbord. Praise Yahova for gathering His people…Jew and Gentile…bringing truth to us all. My life has been forever changed.

  3. I am earnestly seeking the truth and it is earnestly being given. I thank Him with all I am and ask Him to continue with His glorious blessings. His Love gives Life! Hallelujah! Thank you Keith and Nehemia!

  4. When we hear “the word of God” coming to speak to His prophets, is it possible this is Messiah coming and speaking with the prophets? I’ve heard this in various circles. Then in New Testament, John 1:1 addresses the Word becoming flesh and coming to live with man. That’s definitely Messiah!

  5. I love the Hebrew language. I took one course in the synagogue I was attending, and I found it made more sense to me than the english language. To me all the letters are clean. It’s a clear and clean language. I’m going to check out BFA Keith about your courses. I haven’t been able to attend synagogue in years and I really miss learning. I have a question about the meaning of “gird up your loins” this always made me giggle when I read this. Thank you for your time. Blessings to you. Shalom Shalom

  6. Let me add my voice in encouraging people to learn Hebrew. It is a lot of work, but the rewards are tremendous! In every chapter, I find something that would be difficult or (more often) impossible to understand from the English.
    I started learning it about 4 years ago. After about a year, friends from my church kept asking me to teach them, so I started a class. As long as I was a few chapters ahead of them, I had something of value to offer them, and it forced me to learn it better too. Last fall I set a goal to read through the Torah in Hebrew. I’ve met that goal and am continuing through the rest of the Tanach.
    People learn in different ways. If you find a textbook more suitable for you than Keith’s online course, I recommend The First Hebrew Primer from EKS Publishing. It is more methodical and less overwhelming than others I have seen.

  7. If Hilkiah (Jeremiah’s father) was part of the family rejected/banned from temple service, would that not have precluded him from serving King Josiah in the temple during the renovation?

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