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Atlanta, 23 November 2016

The first week back from Hawaii has been jam-packed. In the Apologetics session of the Athens Institute (AIM) / Atlanta School of Missions, Joey Harris and I taught alongside Robert Kurka, Professor of Theology at Lincoln Christian University. Apart from the Atlanta students, we were joined long-distance by men and women from around the U.S. and Canada.

I also taught for my friend Arturo Elizarrarás, president of Fundación Proyecto Esdras, on "The Prohibited Books of Christianity." Then on Sunday I preached in my friend Alex Hunter's house church, on "Jeremiah 3-2-1" (more Jeremiah material, which I've really enjoyed exploring these past couple of months). 

Last, you'll find a couple of new Q&As at the website. Every week there is new material -- articles and podcasts and clarifications and interesting bits from other writers and speakers. And now, back to our series...

The Great Physician

Why would people think Jesus was Jeremiah (Matt 16:14)? As we correlate Jesus' life and teaching with Jeremiah's life and teaching, there are many matches. This includes the exposé of the three big lies foisted on the people by the religious leaders -- the lies we've studied in recent newsletters. Again, the first lie:

“From the least to the greatest,
    all are greedy for gain;
prophets and priests alike,
    all practice deceit.
They dress the wound of my people
    as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
    when there is no peace.'" (Jer 6:13-14)

Jeremiah urged God's people to get some serious medical care (8:22) -- which they failed to do. We have the best spiritual medical plan possible: Jesus is rightly remembered as the Great Physician (Matt 9:12) -- unlike so many of the Pharisees and scribes of his day, who were “worthless physicians” (Job 13:4). 

The Lord did not soft-pedal sin, nor did he pander to the crowds. (John 6:60, 66). His words are striking: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword" (Matt 10:34). Thus we see that Jesus and Jeremiah shared a common courage. May we breathe the same spirit of courage, confidence, and compassion!

Next week we'll return to the 2nd lie in Jeremiah, which is even more closely in Jesus' consciousness, as he called the people of God higher.

Thank you!

Thanks so much for all your help to make this ministry successful -- prayer, funding, and even moral support. And to the friends of the ministry in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving (that's a podcast link)! Until next week, 

Your brother,
Douglas Jacoby

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