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“May you and I always stand on the side of righteousness.” <>< Dona (10/20/20)

Please read Jeremiah 13 through 15.  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 13 Theme

Pride.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, being proud can bring darkness into our life (v. 15-16).

Something to think about

Jeremiah’s actions with the linen belt was an example to Judah of how they would be ruined (v. 1-7) and what their future was to be (v. 8-11).  Not even the threat of being taken captive could turn them to God.  The people of Judah had become so comfortable with doing evil they had no desire to change (v. 23). So God warned Judah of their destiny (v. 24-25).

Something to experience

Though Judah’s people had once been close to God, now their pride had made them as useless as the ruined linen belt. Pride can cause us to lose our usefulness to God too.  Pride can cause us *to look down on others; *to be selfish; *to think our ideas are superior to everyone else’s; *to think we are worthy of God’s blessings; *to believe our plans are better than God’s.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 13:1-71 The Lord said to me, “Go, and buy yourself a linen belt, and put it on your waist, and don’t put it in water.”  So I bought a belt according to the Lord’s word, and put it on my waist.  The Lord’s word came to me the second time, saying, “Take the belt that you have bought, which is on your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.”  So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.  After many days, the Lord said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take the belt from there, which I commanded you to hide there.”  Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and took the belt from the place where I had hidden it; and behold, the belt was ruined. It was profitable for nothing.

Jeremiah 13:8-11 Then the Lord’s word came to me, saying, “The Lord says, ‘In this way I, will ruin the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their heart, and have gone after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, will even be as this belt, which is profitable for nothing. 11 For as the belt clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,’ says the Lord; ‘that they may be to Me for a people, for a name, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.’

Jeremiah 13:15-16 15 Hear, and give ear.  Don’t be proud, for the Lord has spoken. 16 Give glory to the Lord your God, before He causes darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and while you look for light, He turns it into the shadow of death, and makes it deep darkness.

Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may you also do good, who are accustomed to do evil.

Jeremiah 13:24-25 24 “Therefore I will scatter them, as the stubble that passes away, by the wind of the wilderness.  25 This is your lot, the portion measured to you from Me,” says the Lord, “because you have forgotten Me, and trusted in falsehood.”    

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Jeremiah 14 Theme

Judgment was coming.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You told Jeremiah about the drought in the land (v. 1-6).

Something to think about

Jeremiah asked the Lord not to forsake them even though they were sinning against Him (v. 7). The Lord answered He was going to punish them for their sins (v. 10).  He told Jeremiah not to pray for the people (v. 11). He said He would destroy them with the sword, famine, and plague (v. 12). Other prophets were telling the people lies about what God would do (v. 15). Jeremiah said they acknowledged their wickedness and they had indeed sinned against God (v. 20). He asked God to not despise them and to remember His covenant with them (v. 21).  Then Jeremiah said they would wait for Him, their God (v. 22).  

Something to experience

Those who speak words that God didn’t really say are false prophets.  They are leading people away from God.  If we agree with false prophets we are as guilty as they are.  Just as the people in Jeremiah’s time weren’t sincere about following God, so are some people in our time.  They want God’s blessings but they don’t want to do as He says.  If we’re not willing to turn from sin God will not forgive us. 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 14:1-61 This is the Lord’s word that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought.  “Judah mourns, and its gates languish.  They sit in black on the ground.  The cry of Jerusalem goes up.  Their nobles send their little ones to the waters.  They come to the cisterns, and find no water.  They return with their vessels empty.  They are disappointed and confounded, and cover their heads.  Because of the ground which is cracked, because no rain has been in the land, the plowmen are disappointed.  They cover their heads.  Yes, the doe in the field also calves and forsakes her young, because there is no grass.  The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights.  They pant for air like jackals.  Their eyes fail, because there is no vegetation.”

Jeremiah 14:7 Though our iniquities testify against us, work for Your name’s sake, O Lord; for our rebellions are many.  We have sinned against You.

Jeremiah 14:10 The Lord says to this people, “Even so they have loved to wander. They have not restrained their feet.  Therefore, the Lord does not accept them.  Now He will remember their iniquity, and punish them for their sins.”

Jeremiah 14:11 The Lord said to me, “Don’t pray for this people for their good.” 

Jeremiah 14:12 “When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and meal offering, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.”

Jeremiah 14:15 Therefore the Lord says concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, but I didn’t send them, yet they say, ‘Sword and famine will not be in this land.’ Those prophets will be consumed by sword and famine. 

Jeremiah 14:20 We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers; for we have sinned against You.

Jeremiah 14:21 Do not abhor us, for Your name’s sake.  Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory.  Remember, and don’t break Your covenant with us.

Jeremiah 14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain?  Or can the sky give showers?  Aren’t you He, the Lord our God?  Therefore, we will wait for you; for you have made all these things.

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Jeremiah 15 Theme

Intercession.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You wanted the Israelites to leave Your presence (v. 1).

Something to think about

Though it’s true they had had a leader (Manasseh) who lead them away from God they continued on that same path after he was no longer their leader (v. 4). The people were so wicked and stubborn that God knew they would not return to Him (v. 6-7).  The Lord assured Jeremiah that he would be spared (v. 11). Jeremiah thought the Lord was not helping him when he really needed help (v. 17-18).  The Lord didn’t get mad though at Jeremiah.  Instead the Lord reassured him that he would be rescued and saved (v. 19-21).

Something to experience

We cannot follow the desires of our leaders when we know they’re against God’s Word.  For we will be judged by our own behavior.  When we intercede, our mind set should be that God’s will be done.  If we want God to help us, our hearts need to be pure before Him.  We need to be right with God.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 15:1 Then the Lord said to me, “Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet My mind would not turn toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go out!” 

Jeremiah 15:4 “I will cause them to be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 15:6-7 “You have rejected me,” says the Lord.  “You have gone backward.  Therefore, I have stretched out My hand against you and destroyed you.  I am weary of showing compassion.  I have winnowed them with a fan in the gates of the land.  I have bereaved them of children.  I have destroyed My people.  They didn’t return from their ways.

Jeremiah 15:11 The Lord said, “Most certainly I will strengthen you for good.  Most certainly I will cause the enemy to make supplication to you in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.”

Jeremiah 15:17-18 17 I (Jeremiah) didn’t sit in the assembly of those who make merry and rejoice.  I sat alone because of Your hand, for You have filled me with indignation. 18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed? Will You indeed be to me as a deceitful brook, like waters that fail?

Jeremiah 15:19-21 19 Therefore the Lord says, “If you return, then I will bring you again, that you may stand before Me; and if you take out the precious from the vile, you will be as My mouth.  They will return to you, but you will not return to them.  20 I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall.  They will fight against you, but they will not prevail against you; for I am with you to save you and to deliver you,” says the Lord.  21 “I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will never get comfortable with the sin around us.  I pray we will quickly repent when we find we’ve sinned. Lord, I pray pride will not overtake us in our thoughts, our attitudes or our actions (Jeremiah 13). Lord, I pray for Your wisdom for us. I pray we will study and memorize Your Word so we will always speak words that line up with Your will (Jeremiah 14). Lord, I pray You will anoint those who are to be our leaders.  I pray our leaders will seek Your plan for our nation. When we need to intercede for them, I pray we will seek Your will to be done (Jeremiah 15).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I always seek God’s will when we’re praying.” <>< Dona