Jeremiah

Jeremiah 51-52

Jerusalem is mentioned 810 times in the Bible.  Clearly, a focal point.  However, Babylon is mentioned quite a bit too with 287 mentions.  164 of those 287 are in the book of Jeremiah.  So what is the take home?  Well for me, God wants us to be very educated on the topic of Judgement.  We cant ignore it.  We are judged individually and collectively as a nation.  We also need to consider the judgement that will fall on non-believers.


The last 2 chapters of Jeremiah:

  • God appoints a judgement to come
  • God uses humans in that judgement
  • The humans are not motivated by God, but by their own sinful desires
  • God brings judgment then on those humans He used

Yes, I want to talk about each scripture…such good stuff in this read!  I will pick out some and the next time we do a read through we will pick out some more.

OK, a few chapters back I mentioned that Babylon would be destroyed and a King named Cyrus would let the Israelites OUT of captivity  Do you remember that?  Do you remember what nation he was from??  Persia.

11 “Sharpen the arrows,
    take up the shields!
The Lord has stirred up the kings of the Medes,
    because his purpose is to destroy Babylon.
The Lord will take vengeance,
    vengeance for his temple.

This  “Medes” are God’s instrument to destroy Babylon, as punishment for destroying His temple. The fall of Babylon to the Medes was a fulfillment of this prophecy.  The Medes lived north of Babylon (in modern northwest Iran). The Medes had been allies of the Babylonians in the destruction of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire, in 612 B.C. Seventy-three years later, they joined with the Persians to defeat Babylon.   Cyrus’ mother was a Mede, and Persians were linked together several times in the book of Daniel.

(Mentioned again in verse 28)

Babylon before it was destroyed.Hammurabi (do you remember when we read the law we talked about him…the code)  first encircled the city with walls. Nebuchadnezzar further fortified the city with three rings of walls that were 40 feet tall. The walls of Babylon were so thick that chariot races were held on top of them. The city inside the walls occupied an area of 200 square miles, roughly the size of Chicago today.

Nebuchadnezzar built three major palaces, each lavishly decorated with blue and yellow glazed tiles. He also built a number of shrines, the largest of which, called Esagil, was dedicated to Marduk. The shrine stood 280 feet tall, nearly the size of a 26-story office building.

Ancient Babylonia - Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon

37 Babylon will be a heap of ruins,
    a haunt of jackals,
an object of horror and scorn,
    a place where no one lives.

 

Today:

Babylonia - HISTORY

The irony that Saddam Hussein and  the Iraqi government excavated Babylonian ruins and attempted to reconstruct certain features of the ancient city, including one of Nebuchadnezzar’s palaces.

But always remeber that is God’s hand, just like Babylon was used as the “instrument” for judgement (my mother was Italian, I think of it as the wooden spoon in a spanking) the same goes for Medes/Persia conquering Babylon.  They are just the spoon!

55 The Lord will destroy Babylon;
    he will silence her noisy din.
Waves of enemies will rage like great waters;
    the roar of their voices will resound.
56 A destroyer will come against Babylon;
    her warriors will be captured,
    and their bows will be broken.
For the Lord is a God of retribution;
    he will repay in full.


Chapter 52-

Week 36 Study Page - Jeremiah 18-35 — MADISON CHURCH OF CHRIST

The chapter opens with Zedekiah, the last of Jeremiah’s kings.  This is a recap, we have already read it….HOWEVER, it gives us an intro to tomorrow’s book: Lamentation. Here is Solomon’s Temple being destroyed.

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Did you get behind in Jeremiah? Then read this.

If you did….let me say: This book was LONG.  I enjoyed it immensely and see God more loving and patient than I ever could imagine.  However, IF you are behind I want you to be with us.   In 39 days we will be in the New Testament.  In those 39 days we are going to read TEN Books!  (I better buy stronger coffee)

  1. Lamentations
  2. Ezekiel
  3. Joel
  4. Daniel
  5. Ezra
  6. Haggai
  7. Zechariah
  8. Esther
  9. Nehemiah
  10. Malachi

So here is what you are going to do…you are going to watch this and jump in with us.  Why?  Why Not!!

 

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Jeremiah 49-50

After you read this we only have ONE more day of the Book of Jeremiah so dig in…we got this.  We need to look at the big picture on this as we look  around us and see enemy nations attack us and think…where is God in all this?  You have to know this is personal for me.  I was headed towards the direction of NYC when terrorists flew the planes into the twin towers.  Cell  phones were down, I can’t find my husband, and my brother in law may have been in the building. I wasn’t a Christian in 2001.  Suddenly the world around me  was saying things like “We will pray for those in the rubble”.  What??? That was ridiculous to me.  IF there was a God, WHY would HE let something like this even happen!  And IF there is a God- He must be terrible and I want NOTHING to do with Him.  Long story short…(too late)…God must have heard me think that and said “I have had enough out of you Trish….I am going to move you to the Bible Belt and put you on a dead end street surrounded my Christians.  Oh the humanity! (my poor neighbors).  I say all that to say, these last 4 chapters are a reminder that God does bring judgement on “christian” nations, and He will use the surrounding nations to do it if He pleases…BUT they will get their Judgement too when God is ready.  AND…and it’s a BIG AND….He uses judgement to His Glory.  Out of the ashes of 9/11 He put me on a path to be one of His Remnant.  I wonder how many others became Christ followers from that tragedy?


Jeremiah 49:  OK, yesterday we read about Egypt and Moab.  Today will be Ammon, Edom, Damascas, Kedar/Hazar, Elam…and then finally Babylon!  Look at this map: Basically we are talking about ALL the surrounding nations of Judah.

Kingdoms of the Arabs - Kedar / Kedarites

So what area is this today? Modern Day Jordan!

 

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Here is a birds eye view: (Mind blowing)

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So the last verse in (verse 9) said: “Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites,” declares the LordWhat????  WHY????  I will tell you why!  They have been an enemy of the Hebrews this entire time.  Ever since Lot’s daughter got him drunk and made babies.  (Wow, that seems like forever ago that we read that!!  Genesis 19….it was actually 218 days ago!.  Well in 1946 God restored the land of Jordan back to a sovereign state.  In May of 1967, Jordan signed a mutual defense treaty with Egypt. One month later, Israel obliterated the Egyptian, Syrian, Iraqi, and Jordanian militaries in the Six-Day War, and took the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan. A few years later,  Jordan sent an army to Syria to help fend off the Israeli counteroffensive in the Yom Kippur War (Ramadan War) of 1973.  During the First Gulf War (1990 – 1991), Jordan supported Saddam Hussein, which caused a break-down of US/Jordanian relations. 

I know I am boring you….but wait for it….. Why would God restore them???  He ALWAYS has a plan.

The US withdrew aid from Jordan, causing economic distress. To get back in international good graces, in 1994 Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel, ending almost 50 years of declared war.

And there it is!!   WOW right??


Let’s move on to Edom… I promise not to Geek our and bore you again.  Who are the Edomites??  C’mon…I know it rings a bell. 

They are from the line of ESAU!  (the clue is in verse 10).  I won’t drag this out BUT try to think back to the book of Obadiah and the the city of Petra.  This is why this section talks about things like clefts, caves, rocks, building your nest high….

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Damascus is the capital of Aram:

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No not the video game but that would be interesting research…ain’t nobody got time for that!!  Aram is Modern day Syria.  Why am I telling you all the Modern day?? Because we know that Jeremiah’s prophecies have a short term message and a long term message too.  God is not done yet!

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Kedar (and Hazor) verses 28-33-

 

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“Arise, and attack Kedar
    and destroy the people of the East.
29 Their tents and their flocks will be taken;
    their shelters will be carried off
    with all their goods and camels.
People will shout to them,
    ‘Terror on every side!’

Nomadic Arabs: Currently Saudi Arabia.

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Elam (34-39) The Southwest part of Iran

Map of Middle East at 1500BC | TimeMaps

38 I will set my throne in Elam
    and destroy her king and officials,”
declares the Lord.

OK….this is for the “seasoned” Christian who has done a read through before….you know who you are!  What might this be referring to??  I will give you a clue:

Elam and Shusan…Daniel 8 pt 2 | Pastor Bill Randles Blog


“Wealth did not save the Ammonites, they were not able to buy their way out of judgement. Wisdom did not save the Edomites, nor did their military might.Fame did not save the Arameans because God is nore respector of persons, independence did not save the Bedouins, God found them in the wilderness and destroyed them just the same, weapons did not save the Elomites” Philip Ryken


Chapter 50.  (feel free to read chapter 51 too…they go together)

Babylon-This will Definitely Have a HUGE split screen view.  Babylon will fall to the Persian empire BUT Babylon is also symbolic for the final defeat of the Enemy in End Times.

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Now that God has allowed Nebuchadnezzar to bring judgement on the nations look at the size of it.  Major wealth and world power.

“Announce and proclaim among the nations,
    lift up a banner and proclaim it;
    keep nothing back, but say,
‘Babylon will be captured;
    Bel will be put to shame,
    Marduk filled with terror.
Her images will be put to shame
    and her idols filled with terror.’
A nation from the north will attack her
    and lay waste her land.
No one will live in it;
    both people and animals will flee away.

Her idols will be put to shame translates in Hebrew to “balls of excrement”.  Their idols were full of *%#!!

By verse 4 we see a shift to the Restoration of Judah  that we will see in Revelation.

They will come and bind themselves to the Lord
    in an everlasting covenant
    that will not be forgotten.

I just read the next verse about scattered sheep and I know you about to kill be because this is so long so I will let you go on with your day…

 

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Jeremiah 46-48

STAY WITH ME…We are 40 days away from the New Testament!!!

You may read this and “check out” a little.  These are not necessarily in Chronological order but it doesn’t matter.  You need to look at these from God’s perspective.  Jeremiah was a prophet to all nations (not just to Judah).  We look at these same nations TODAY and think “The Middle East is out of Control”.  Ummm, no it’s not.  God is completely in control.

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Chapter 46 is a message to Egypt.  In 605 BC, at the Battle of Carchemish Babylon and Egypt, the two major world powers fought.  Now, before the battle even began we know who is going to win because we have read that God is going to use Nebuchadnezzar as a tool for his purposes.  Babylon crushes Egypt- or we can say God crushes Egypt 😉.    BUT during this time of major world unrest, He will keep His loving hand on His people.  (He will deal with them and their idolatry too…but He will keep His hand on them)

27 “Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant;
    do not be dismayed, Israel.
I will surely save you out of a distant place,
    your descendants from the land of their exile.
Jacob will again have peace and security,
    and no one will make him afraid.
28 Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant,
    for I am with you,” declares the Lord.
“Though I completely destroy all the nations
    among which I scatter you,
    I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you but only in due measure;
    I will not let you go entirely unpunished.”


Chapter 47-48

As Jeremiah speaks of the destruction of foreign nations (and I know this is not one of those reads that you hang on every word), look for some key words:

13 Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh,
    as Israel was ashamed
    when they trusted in Bethel.

Chemosh was Ammon’s God (one of them anyway).   Hmmmmm.  Looks like characters in Comic or Marvel Movies we watch today….

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He is compared to Bethel?  I thought Bethel meant “The House of God”?  Bethel was a place that Abraham made an altar to the Lord!!

However as time passed, the people polluted Bethel with idolatry.  I know you have absorbed  A LOT so I will remind you: during the time of the divided kingdoms, King Jeroboam of Israel established two temples for the northern kingdom, one at Bethel and the other at Dan. In these temples, he set up golden calves (1 Kings 12:26–33). God often sent prophets to preach at Bethel warning them that this was a bad idea.  Bethel is compared to Chemosh.  If you were a pastor today I bet you could make a sermon out of this!!

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Jeremiah 41-45

I thought the beginning of this read was hard to follow…(for me anyway, I kept getting confused with all the names).  BUT the rest of the read was like reading suspense novel- I hung on every word!


So we left off in Jeremiah 40 with:

Johanan offered to assassinate Ishmael secretly, so Gedaliah would not die, and harm would not come to the remnant community.

And the read ends with:

16 But Gedaliah son of Ahikam said to Johanan son of Kareah, “Don’t do such a thing! What you are saying about Ishmael is not true.”

TO BE CONTINUED!! Commercial Break!


Gedaliah refused to permit Johanan to carry out his assassination plot, because he thought Johanan was misjudging Ishmael. Gedaliah was too trusting and naïve, even though he was a capable ruler and, apparently, a man of faith. His commitment to his own people seems to have blinded him to the political plots that were swirling around him.  Big Mistake.

In short, Ishmael (power hungry to be a new leader after the captivity) killed Gedaliah (the appointed leader) and his men.  Eighty men were mourning the Captivity but still made their pilgrimage to Jerusalem for one of the Fall Festivals (the temple had been destroyed so animal sacrifices could not happen so they brought a grain offerings).  Ishmael then killed them!  The cistern that Ishmael filled with dead bodies was one that King Asa of Judah had constructed while battling King Baasha of Israel (1 Kings 15:22). Good King Asa had built the cistern to preserve life, but wicked Ishmael now polluted it by filling it with corpses. To give these pilgrims such a burial showed no respect for them.

Ishmael escaped when the Remnant leaders looked for him.  The remnant leaders asked Jeremiah to obtain the Lord’s instructions concerning their proposed flight to Egypt.  WAIT!  Flag on the Field!!!!  EGYPT?  They want to go back to the very place God delivered them from Exodus?? Here is what the Lord said:

If you stay in this land, 

  • I will build you up and not tear you down;
  • I will plant you and not uproot you, for I have relented concerning the disaster I have inflicted on you.
  • Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the Lord, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands
  • I will show you compassion so that he will have compassion on you and restore you to your land.’

If you are determined to go to Egypt and you do go to settle there:

  •  then the sword you fear will overtake you there,
  • and the famine you dread will follow you into Egypt, and there you will die.
  • all who are determined to go to Egypt to settle there will die by the sword,
  • famine and plague; not one of them will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.’ 

Hmmm…what to do…what to do…  I will admit, when I was reading today I thought to myself…surely after the Babylonian Captivity they will listen to the Lord now….


Chapter 43- I guess it is not shocking when I think about how much of God’s scriptures I ignore.  Chapter 43 in summary…They WENT 😢😵


Chapter 44- I read it twice!  I am unglued!!  I want to copy and paste the whole thing! But it ends with:

you made a fatal mistake when you sent me to the Lord your God and said, ‘Pray to the Lord our God for us; tell us everything he says and we will do it.’ 21 I have told you today, but you still have not obeyed the Lord your God in all he sent me to tell you. 22 So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famine and plague in the place where you want to go to settle.”

I mean what I say and I say what I mean!!  BUT remember GOD also promised a Messiah.Even though we NEVER keep our Promise…He always does.  HE LOVES US.


‘This is what the Lord says: I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the earth. Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.’”

There will always be a Remnant of people for His plan to fulfill his ultimate promise!  Is you view of God changing this year??  Mine is ❤❤.
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Jeremiah 38-40, Psalm 74 and psalm 79

Chapter 38:

Zedekiah was a wimp.  He is swayed by whoever is talking to him at that moment. Four nobles or princes complained to Zedekiah that Jeremiah was weakening the morale of the soldiers and discouraging the people from resisting the enemy. They accused the prophet of desiring to harm the people, rather than seeking their well-being. Zedekiah was smart enough not to have a prophet’s blood on his hand and handed him over to the nobles.  Well they were smart too and rather than kill him they lowered him into a cistern.  If he died down there, well they didn’t technically kill him.

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Ebed-melech (a foreigner, a court official from Egypt)  informed the king that Jeremiah’s enemies had acted wickedly by putting him in the cistern. The prophet would die if he remained there because there was no more food in Jerusalem and he would be neglected. Zedekiah had previously promised to provide food for Jeremiah as long as there was food available (at the end of yesterday’s read), so Ebed-melech may have been appealing to this promise.  So Zedekiah had him taken out of the cistern.

Jeremiah tells Zedekiah: surrender to the Babylonians like the Lord commanded OR suffer the consequences that your whole family would suffer the consequence.  The fate of the nation landed on Zedekiah’s soldiers!  Zedekiah basically said “but won’t the people taken n the first wave of captivity talk behind my back!”


Chapter 39:  The Fall of Jerusalem.   We had to know how this was going to end becuase we looked at this about 102 times, Zedekiah was the LAST priest before the captivity.

The Babylonians attacked Jerusalem JUST like the Lord warned because the people did not repent, King Zedekiah and his posse tried out out run the Lord…

But the Babylonian[g] army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. They captured him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him. There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and also killed all the nobles of Judah. Then he put out Zedekiah’s eyes and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.

So Judah falls to Nebuchadnezzar BUT those who listen to the Lord were seperated!  Gives me such hope that when a Nation is disciplines, The Lord will sift us and protect us.  The Lord put a hand of protection on Jeremiah,  as well as,   Ebed-Melek the Cushite from the last chapter.❤

Did anyone stop to think about verse 10?

10 But Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard left behind in the land of Judah some of the poor people, who owned nothing; and at that time he gave them vineyards and fields.

I wonder if this was the land Jeremiah purchased from his cousin when he was in prison?!?!  How cool would that be.  Nebuzaradan freed the prophet from his shackles, and gave him the choice of going to Babylon as a free man or staying in Canaan. If he went to Babylon, the captain promised to take care of him there. If he chose to stay in Canaan, he could live and move about wherever he wished.


We need to just stop for a moment and look at the Lord in all this.  For hundreds of years God has been so patient.  Even AT the Exile into Captivity He protects those that listen to HIm.

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Did the end of chapter 40 confuse you with all the names and places?  If it did, here is your recap:

  • Gededlaih: Nebuchadnezzar appointed him to rule over Judea and look after the people left behind
  • Johana: One of the remaining princes of Judea
  • Ishmael: king of Ammon- enemy nation BUT he was from the line of David

Several of the Judean commanders, who had escaped from the Babylonian attack came to Gedaliah in Mizpah, a few miles north of Jerusalem. They came with some of their men, when they heard that Nebuchadnezzar had appointed Gedaliah over the region.  Gedaliah urged these commanders not to fear the Babylonians but to cooperate with them. If they remained in the land and submitted to Babylonian authority, things would go well for them. The Babylonians did not colonize Judah as the Assyrians had done with Israel. Jews that fled to foreign nations came back to the land now that they felt it was safe.

One of the remaining Judean princes, Johanan , asked Gedaliah, governor ruling Judah under Babylonian authority, if he was aware that the king of Ammon had encouraged another one of the Judean princes, Ishmael to assassinate him (he was from the Line of David so maybe he thought he deserved to be the next king?

Johanan offered to assassinate Ishmael secretly, so Gedaliah would not die, and harm would not come to the remnant community.

And the read ends with:

16 But Gedaliah son of Ahikam said to Johanan son of Kareah, “Don’t do such a thing! What you are saying about Ishmael is not true.”

TO BE CONTINUED!! Commercial Break!


Psalm 74 and 79- Reading this at any other time would have been confusing.  However, reading these Psalm after Portland Jerusalem has been destroyed completely makes sense!

 

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Jeremiah 35-37

Sorry so late…But this is a GREAT read, don’t skip it.

Who are the Rechabites?    The Rechabites were a nomadic people group (from Moses’ father in law’s family) known for their strict rules: to abstain from wine, from building houses, from sowing seed, and from planting vineyards.  The Rechabites were faithful to follow these rules through the generations, all the way from the time of Jehu to the time of Jeremiah —over 200 years.

You will see Jehu on the left side—-all the way to Jeremiah on the right side.  That is how long they have been obedient.  The point of offering them the wine was to show the people that the Rechaites were faithful to a vow from a man…yet God’s people would not be faithful to the Lord. And they were BLESSED for it.

14 ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.


Chapter 36 is one of my FAVORITE chapters.  Jeremiah sent his scribe to read the scriptures (Jeremiah was probably banned from the temple at this point.)  When Baruch goes and read the scriptures, the people feared what they heard and took it to the King.

Picture the scene!!  They bring the scriptures to the King and He reads a few columns and the King says “Hey scribe, can I borrow the knife you use to sharpen your quill?” After he reads it the king cuts out the part he does not like, throws it in the fire!  So Baruch reads a bit more, and the king calmy cuts that part off and throws it in the fire…

 23 Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. 24 The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. 

COULD YOU IMAGINE!  Actually yes I can…not only has it happened historically (in our own country just last week) BUT we do it everyday!!  We cut out the parts we don’t like!!

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By the way, it never ends well for “Bible Burners”…

Greater men than Jehoiakim have burned Bibles or made them illegal through History.  You can destroy paper you cannot destroy the Word of God!

The grass withers, the flower fades,
    but the word of our God will stand forever.

So back to Jeremiah 36:

30 Therefore this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim king of Judah: He will have no one to sit on the throne of David; his body will be thrown out and exposed to the heat by day and the frost by night. 31 I will punish him and his children and his attendants for their wickedness; I will bring on them and those living in Jerusalem and the people of Judah every disaster I pronounced against them, because they have not listened.’”


Chapter 37

I love the beginning…Have you ever had that person in your life that “lives la vita loca” and when troubles come their way they say “can you pray for me?”

So this chapter we kind of talked about the other day when the Jews were under attack so they freed their slaves but then when the Babylonians got distracted dealing with Egypt and ignored attacking Jerualsm they took their slaves back thinking they were in the “clear….you think God is going to ignore his warning for 100s of years because of a small Egyptian distraction…

Jeremiah was imprisoned and king Zedekiah tiptoed in to talk to Jeremiah “pssst, psssst….hey J….have you heard from the Lord lately??  Can you tell me what he is saying??

16 Jeremiah was put into a vaulted cell in a dungeon, where he remained a long time. 17 Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately, “Is there any word from the Lord?”

Ummmmm the message did not change…..

“Yes,” Jeremiah replied, “you will be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon.”

I think this story is hysterical!!

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Jeremiah 32-34

Thank you for the texts and comments.  Linda is doing ok.  Your prayers mattered to me!

Chapter 32. A bit of a strange chapter…So Jeremiah is in prison for his doom and gloom prophecies  that the King did not like.  His cousin comes to sell him land.  Strange right??  NOT AT ALL. The Babylonians were already attaching the land  (burning the fields, plundering anything of value..) so this land was worthless!  Was it??  Jeremiah was a man of FAITH.  He knew that God would restore the land with the restoration of His people just as He promised.  It is called TRUST….FAITH…in God’s promises.  If you were Jeremiah would you have bought the land?  He was in Prison, he couldn’t even inspect the land.  Was it already in the hands of the enemy?  It did not matter to Jeremiah….He trusted the Lord that a remnant would come back and reclaim the land!  What is worthless today will be restored by God.  Think on that in your own situation.

The chapter then summarizes the sins of Israel and Judah. Will they be given Salvation too??


Chapter 33- Yup….there it is.  Restoration!

“Give thanks to the Lord Almighty,
    for the Lord is good;
    his love endures forever.”

For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,’ says the Lord.


Anytime I see a Messianic Prophecy as clear as this I get goose bumps.

14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

15 “‘In those days and at that time
    I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
    he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
    and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it[f] will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’

17 For this is what the Lord says: ‘David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of Israel, 18 nor will the Levitical priests ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.’”

Jesus the Messiah:

  • From David’s line
  • Just and Right
  • Saves us
  • Called the Lord Our Righteousness
  • FULLY MAN
  • Our chief priest before me that will my continual offering and sacrifice

So during the scary time of people surrendering to the Babylonians, how can we be sure that WE won’t do something so bad that God says….“I am done with these people, I give up on them!”

In verse 19 the Lord gives us a sign of how certain we can be about this.  IF we (you and I) can mess with the sun and the moon-basically, if we can get them to rearrange their schedule  THEN the Lord will break His Covenant!  (BY the way, one of the subjects I teach is 8th grade Science.  Every time I study the Solar System and how if even the earth wasn’t tilted 23 degrees….we wouldn’t have season-the engine of the ecosystems, I think HOW do Scientists NOT believe in a Creator!


“The salvation announcements in chap. 33 answer at least two questions left from chap. 32 (and 30—31):

  1. How can people who persistently rebelled and even offered their children to Molech, remain in God’s Covenant ? The LORD will heal, cleanse, and forgive them  out of mercy for them.
  2. What will life be like for the people whom God will plant in the land? Families will grow again, worship will resume, and God will always provide a  righteous ruler, so that people can live in safety.

All this will be accomplished by the Creator, for whom nothing is too difficult!!


Chapter 34

So here is what is happening…The Lord is bringing the Babylonians to attack the people of Judah.  So the Lord tells them to free their slaves.  IF you jumped in late, I did a whole post on what God’s plan for ‘slavery’ is verse what ‘man’ made it.  This is a PERFECT example of what ‘slavery’ was supposed to be.

When a person fell into a debt so deeply another person would take them in and allow them to save up to get out of debt.  After 6 years they were to release them free even if they had not paid it off.  It was a loving act!  HOWEVER, they did not follow God’s law (for hundreds of years).  God instructed them to release them.  They DID!  Well, they really didn’t care they were about to taken into captivity anyway so they might as well…

BUT suddenly the scene changed…The Babylonians STOPPED their attack on Jerusalem when they heard Egypt was coming up…So the people said “Psych!  You’re not free, come back here my slaves!”  They recanted setting them free.  Well of course they did, when the Babylonians left they figured Jeremiah’a prophecy was wrong and they were safe…they needed their slaves back!

Hmmmm.  A lot to think about there.

 

Jeremiah

Jeremiah 30-31

Good Morning.  I have to run to Raleigh, NC because my sister had an emergency surgery a few hours ago.  I did take a moment to read (listen to while getting dressed).  How perfectly fitting: 2 chapters on Hope.  I couldn’t not post on the beautiful from of the Messiah in chapter 31

31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
    “when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
    and with the people of Judah.
32 It will not be like the covenant
    I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
    to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
    though I was a husband to[e] them,[f]
declares the Lord.
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
    after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
    and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
    from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
    and will remember their sins no more.”


I am confident Linda will be OK, but prayers for quick healing and a restoration in the Lord if she needs it.

Jeremiah

Jeremiah 26-29

Remember this book was written from Jeremiah’s view, and he had a scribe to write stuff down for him.  I think Jeremiah was a little ADHD (like me) and popped around in his head a lot.  So this reading is out of order but still fits in the text.

This was written in during a time of decline after Josiah.

‘This is what the Lord says: If you do not listen to me and follow my law, which I have set before you, and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (though you have not listened), then I will make this house like Shiloh and this city a curse among all the nations of the earth.’”

Shiloh was the city north of Jerusalem where the Tabernacle was set up after entering the Promise land.  Once a very holy place, the Philistines came in and destroyed it completely and stole the Ark of the Covenant.  (It is a fun story to read…as if God could be stolen!  He brought the Philistines plagues so they happily returned it BUT the city remained destroyed.)

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This message of Repentance really rubbed the priests and officials the wrong way.  The message was about “their city” “their temple” “their people”.  Who does this guy named Jeremiah think he is??  So what is there response?  Kill Him….ummm I don’t remember that being written in The Law.  Luckily some elders began to defend him talking and mentioned an important prophet in the past…MICAH!

Micah brought a message from the Lord and the revered Hezekiah agreed with him….He was a GREAT King…so maybe we should settle down on this killing Jeremiah trial or we might be in big trouble with the Lord!

The scriptures insert this little story about a true prophet Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim.  Unfortunately, he was put to death.  I am not sure why this story was inserted other than to show how CLOSE Jeremiah came to actual death!  (I feel like if they had TV back then Prophet would be an episode on Discovery Channel: Dirty Jobs!)


Chapter 27- This will surly make your eyebrows crunch down with confusion.  I may ruffle a friend’s feathers on this one too.  (LC)

“Bow your neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people, and you will live.”

Wait!  What??  Surrender to a government that you do not agree with?  Why?  I will tell you why…because God has a plan and he says, surrender under their yoke because the Lord put Nebuchadnezzar as a leader for HIS purposes.  His is NOT saying break God’s Law, He is not saying stop worshiping me, He is not saying worship idols….

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 21 yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says about the things that are left in the house of the Lord and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem: 22 They will be taken to Babylon and there they will remain until the day I come for them,’ declares the Lord. ‘Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.’”

He has a plan!  Just follow what God says!


Chapter 28- Oh the Netflix show this would make!  Who needs Desperate Housewives when you can watch Read Desperate Prophets!

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Just yesterday we read about False Prophets….well here it is.  Prosperity preaching at its finest.  Hananiah false prophet says:

“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the Lord’s house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon.

Touche!! Well played Hananiah…you learned from the best.  You put an expiration date on it…2 years.  Makes it believable!  As Jeremiah stands there with his sermon prop still around his neck…the Ox yoke (he would so be on the drama team at church), Hananiah one ups the scene by taking the yoke off him to symbolize his message and smashes it.  How does Jeremiah react….with my personal love language…SARCASM!!

He said, “Amen! May the Lord do so! May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the Lord’s house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon. 

I love this guy!!  BUT THE ENDING IS THE BEST!!

15 Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. 16 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.’”

17 In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.

Ha!  Now that’s a True Prophet !!!


Chapter 29!  A letter to the exiles.  We will read a very familiar scripture for some of us.  I pray you NEVER see it written somewhere and have a luke warm feeling about it.  God’s people have been captured!  Taken to a foreign land!  They are at rock bottom…How can any good come from this???

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But don’t leave off the next verse: 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. ❤❤❤❤❤

In the end a quick jab to the leader of the false prophets: Shemaiah!  Basically saying….You lose!


Read the whole letter.  If something caught your eye please share in comments!!