Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary
Eau Claire, WI

2020-04-01 ILC Chapel — Jesus Pulled Us Out of…

2020 Chapels -
Jesus Pulled Us Out of the Mud

 

Date : 2020-04-01
Speaker : Prof. Em. D. Lau (read by John Ude)

Jeremiah 38:6–13 (Listen)

So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.

Jeremiah Rescued from the Cistern

When Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, a eunuch who was in the king’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern—the king was sitting in the Benjamin Gate—Ebed-melech went from the king’s house and said to the king, “My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they did to Jeremiah the prophet by casting him into the cistern, and he will die there of hunger, for there is no bread left in the city.” 10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, “Take thirty men with you from here, and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies.” 11 So Ebed-melech took the men with him and went to the house of the king, to a wardrobe in the storehouse, and took from there old rags and worn-out clothes, which he let down to Jeremiah in the cistern by ropes. 12 Then Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, “Put the rags and clothes between your armpits and the ropes.” Jeremiah did so. 13 Then they drew Jeremiah up with ropes and lifted him out of the cistern. And Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

(ESV)

Hymn: TLH 523: Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve me

Hymnary.org Organ Audio

1. Why should cross and trial grieve me? 
Christ is near With His cheer; 
Never will He leave me. 
Who can rob me of the heaven 
That God’s Son For my own 
To my faith hath given? 

2. Though a heavy cross I’m bearing 
And my heart Feels the smart, 
Shall I be despairing? 
God, my Helper, who doth send it, 
Well doth know All my woe 
And how best to end it. 

3. God oft gives me days of gladness; 
Shall I grieve If He give 
Seasons, too, of sadness? 
God is good and tempers ever 
All my ill, And He will 
Wholly leave me never. 

4. Hopeful, cheerful, and undaunted 
Everywhere They appear 
Who in Christ are planted. 
Death itself cannot appal them, 
They rejoice When the voice 
Of their Lord doth call them. 

5. Death cannot destroy forever; 
From our fears, Cares, and tears 
It will us deliver. 
It will close life’s mournful story, 
Make a way That we may 
Enter heavenly glory. 

6. What is all this life possesses? 
But a hand Full of sand 
That the heart distresses. 
Noble gifts that pall me never 
Christ, our Lord, Will accord 
To His saints forever. 

7. Lord, my Shepherd, take me to Thee. 
Thou art mine; I was Thine, 
Even e’er I knew Thee. 
I am Thine, for Thou hast bought me; 
Lost I stood, But Thy blood 
Free salvation brought me. 

8. Thou art mine; I love and own Thee. 
Light of Joy, Ne’er shall I 
From my heart dethrone Thee. 
Savior, let me soon behold Thee 
Face to face, -May Thy grace 
Evermore enfold me!