Bible Notes: Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?

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Hebrew: Jeremiah 10:10-12 (10) But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. (11) Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. (12) He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

Jeremiah 10:10-12 comprise an entire thought, but 10 and 12 are in Hebrew, and 11 is in Aramaic, the language spoken by the Babylonians who besieged Jerusalem during Jeremiah’s career. Verse 11 strikes its blow against the deities of Babylonians in their language, giving the passage an intense sense of history. One is almost transported to the besieged sixth century Jerusalem, and can just hear Jeremiah’s prophecy to the people within, and the army before its walls. Ironically, this tactic reverses the propaganda of the seventh century Assyrian general Rabshekah, who stood before the walls of Jerusalem, taunting the men of Jerusalem and ridiculing their faith in their own language.II Kings 18:28-36 Jeremiah was an emissary of a different caliber, who would describe the impulsion to prophecy as a burning necessity despite the persecution it brought upon him.Jeremiah 20:8, 9 The classic test of prophecy was whether it proved true, and although Jerusalem did fall, Babylon and her deities are history, but Jeremiah’s God is still worshipped in many forms.

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