Shining a light on the weekly Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly®


Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

In the middle of an incisive condemnation of false prophets, Jeremiah plants two similes about God’s Word—a consuming flame and a strongly wielded tool. A scriptural authority explains that it is human pride that is destroyed: “The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer.” And continuing his contrast with false prophecy, he comments: “The word of God is no smooth, lulling, deceitful message. And by its faithfulness it may certainly be distinguished from false doctrines.”

Resources quoted in this issue

GT: Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible. Nashville: T. Nelson, 1997.

Cit. 3: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 4, Ezra, Nehemiah, Introduction to Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Baruch, Letter of Jeremiah, Lamentations. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015. 

Cit. 4: Laymon, Charles M. The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 1971; Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letter to the Hebrews. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letter to the Hebrews. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.

Cit. 11: New International Reader’s Version®. Copyright © 1996, 1998 Biblica. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of Biblica.

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