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“May you and I trust the Lord to walk with us.” <>< Dona (10/19/20)

Please read Jeremiah 10 through 12.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Jeremiah 10 Theme

God versus gods.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, indeed no one is like You (v. 16).

Something to think about

The people of Judah thought they could discern their future through the signs in the sky (v. 1-2).  Jeremiah told them they couldn’t (v. 5).  There is no one like God (v. 6-7). No idol can ever have the power and life of the true and living God (v. 8-10).  God alone made the earth and the heavens (v. 11-13).  The nation was being led by evil leaders (shepherds) who were responsible for the distressing situation the people of Judah (the flock) were experiencing (v. 19-21).

Something to experience

Neither can we read the stars and discern our future. But God promises to guide us and He knows our future (see Jeremiah 29:11).  He will travel with us through it all when we trust Him (see Proverbs 3:5-6).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 10:1-2Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, house of Israel! The Lord says, “Don’t learn the way of the nations, and don’t be dismayed at the signs of the sky; for the nations are dismayed at them.”

Jeremiah 10:5 “They are like a palm tree, of turned work, and don’t speak.  They must be carried, because they can’t move.  Don’t be afraid of them; for they can’t do evil, neither is it in them to do good.”

Jeremiah 10:6-7 There is no one like You, the Lord.  You are great, and Your name is great in might.  Who shouldn’t fear You, King of the nations?  For it belongs to You.  Because among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their royal estate, there is no one like You.

Jeremiah 10:8-10 But they are together brutish and foolish, instructed by idols!  It is just wood.  There is silver beaten into plates, which is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the engraver and of the hands of the goldsmith. Their clothing is blue and purple.  They are all the work of skillful men.  10 But the Lord is the true God.  He is the living God, and an everlasting King.  At His wrath, the earth trembles.  The nations aren’t able to withstand His indignation.

Jeremiah 10:11-13 11 “You shall say this to them: ‘The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth will perish from the earth, and from under the heavens.’” 12 God has made the earth by His power.  He has established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding has He stretched out the heavens.  13 When He utters His voice, the waters in the heavens roar, and He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth.  He makes lightnings for the rain, and brings the wind out of His treasuries.

Jeremiah 10:16 The portion of Jacob is not like these; for He is the maker of all things; and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance: The Lord Almighty is His name.

Jeremiah 10:19-21 19 Woe is me because of my injury!  My wound is serious; but I said, “Truly this is my grief, and I must bear it.”  20 My tent has been destroyed, and all my cords are broken.  My children have gone away from me, and they are no more.  There is no one to spread my tent any more, to set up my curtains.  21 For the shepherds have become brutish, and have not inquired of the Lord.  Therefore, they have not prospered, and all their flocks have scattered.

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Jeremiah 11 Theme

The Covenant is broken.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You continually warned the Israelites (v. 6-7).

Something to think about

God spoke of the covenant’s content (v. 1-5). The Israelites were warned of the consequences of breaking the covenant with God but they did it anyway (v. 8-13). Verse 14 might sound shocking because God told Jeremiah not to pray for the people and that He wouldn’t listen to the people if they prayed (v. 14).  But a day will come when God will judge each of us.  At that time He will know nobody else will repent of their sin (v. 15, 17).  The Israelites had gone so far as to plot to kill Jeremiah and therefore silence his message (v. 18-23).  

Something to experience

There will come a day when everyone who hasn’t committed their life to God will not have another chance.  It will be judgment day. 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 11:1-51 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and say to them, the Lord, the God of Israel says: ‘Cursed is the man who doesn’t hear the words of this covenant, which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace,’ saying, ‘Obey My voice, and do them, according to all which I command you; so you shall be My people, and I will be your God; that I may establish the oath which I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey,’ as it is today.”  Then I answered, and said, “Amen, Lord.”

Jeremiah 11:6-7 The Lord said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Hear the words of this covenant, and do them. For I earnestly protested (again and again) to your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even to this day, rising early and protesting, saying, “Obey My voice.” 

Jeremiah 11:8-13 8 “Yet they didn’t obey, nor turn their ear, but everyone walked in the stubbornness of their evil heart. Therefore, I brought on them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they didn’t do them.’”  The Lord said to me, “A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10 They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear My words. They have gone after other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers.  11 Therefore the Lord says, ‘Behold, I will bring evil on them, which they will not be able to escape; and they will cry to Me, but I will not listen to them. 12 Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry to the gods to which they offer incense, but they will not save them at all in the time of their trouble. 13 For according to the number of your cities are your gods, Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem you have set up altars to the shameful thing, even altars to burn incense to Baal.’

Jeremiah 11:14 “Therefore don’t pray for this people. Don’t lift up cry or prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry to Me because of their trouble.”

Jeremiah 11:15, 17 15 “What has My beloved to do in My house, since she has behaved lewdly with many, and the holy flesh has passed from you?  When you do evil,  then you rejoice.” … 17 “For the Lord Almighty, who planted you, has pronounced evil against you, because of the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done to themselves in provoking Me to anger by offering incense to Baal.”

Jeremiah 11:18-23 18 The Lord gave me (Jeremiah) knowledge of it, and I knew it. Then you showed me their doings. 19 But I was like a gentle lamb that is led to the slaughter. I didn’t know that they had devised plans against me, saying, “Let’s destroy the tree with its fruit, and let’s cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.”  20 But, O Lord Almighty, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind, I will see Your vengeance on them; for to You I have revealed my cause.  21 “Therefore the Lord says concerning the men of Anathoth, who seek your life, saying, ‘You shall not prophesy in the Lord’s name, that you not die by our hand;’ 22 therefore the Lord Almighty says, ‘Behold, I will punish them. The young men will die by the sword. Their sons and their daughters will die by famine. 23 There will be no remnant to them, for I will bring evil on the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.’”

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Jeremiah 12 Theme

God answered Jeremiah’s complaint.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Jeremiah wanted You to punish those who he judged as being wicked (v. 1-4). 

Something to think about

God’s answer to Jeremiah’s complaint was probably not what Jeremiah expected.  His answer was neither nice or easy to handle (v. 14-17).

Something to experience

When disaster, or loss, or serious sickness comes our way, we too may not understand God’s answer to our prayer.  But we need to be so committed to following after God that when things get tough, we’ll not be turn from obeying Him.  Even if His answer is delayed, we need to wait for Him to show us His plan.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 12:1-4 1 You are righteous, O Lord, when I contend with You; yet I would like to reason the cause with You.  Why does the way of the wicked prosper?  Why are they all at ease who deal very treacherously?  You have planted them. Yes, they have taken root.  They grow. Yes, they produce fruit.  You are near in their mouth, and far from their heart.  But you, O Lord, know me.  You see me, and test my heart toward You.  Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.  How long will the land mourn, and the herbs of the whole country wither?  Because of the wickedness of those who dwell therein, the animals and birds are consumed; because they said, “He won’t see our latter end.”

Jeremiah 12:14-17 14 The Lord says, “Concerning all My evil neighbors, who touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit: Behold, I will pluck them up from off their land, and will pluck up the house of Judah from among them. 15 It will happen that after I have plucked them up, I will return and have compassion on them. I will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land. 16 It will happen, if they will diligently learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘As the Lord lives;’ even as they taught My people to swear by Baal, then they will be built up in the middle of My people. 17 But if they will not hear, then I will pluck up that nation, plucking up and destroying it,” says the Lord.

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Prayer

Lord, no one is like You.  You are great.  Your name is mighty in power (Jeremiah 10:6).  You are the King of the nations (Jeremiah 10:7). Lord, You are the true God. You are the living God, the eternal King (Jeremiah 10:10).  You made the earth and the heavens (Jeremiah 10:12).  You are the Maker of all things and Your name is the Lord Almighty (Jeremiah 10:16).  Lord, I pray we will obey Your Word (Jeremiah 11:1).  Lord, I pray we will listen and pay attention to You (Jeremiah 11:8).  Lord, I pray we will learn well the ways You have for us to live (Jeremiah12:16). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I seek to live according to God’s will.” <>< Dona