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“May you and I obey God’s Word.” <>< Dona (10/21/20)

Please read Jeremiah 16 through 18.  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 16 Theme

Disaster to come.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You told Jeremiah he wasn’t to marry or have children (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

The Lord told Jeremiah that neither should he attend funerals or mourn for the dead (v. 5).  The Lord told Jeremiah that He wasn’t to celebrate in joyful events either (v. 8). The Lord wanted Jeremiah to be a living example of God’s truth (v. 9-13) and of what was to come (v 14-15). The Lord was aware of, had seen, all the Israelites’ sin (v. 16-18).  Jeremiah described the Lord as his strength, his stronghold, and his refuge (v. 19-20).  The Lord closes out this chapter with His plan to teach the Israelites who He was (v.21).

Something to experience

Speaking is not the only way to get a message across.  Sometimes our behavior is all someone needs to see to receive a message from God (v. 9-13). God can be our strength when we are weak. He can be our stronghold when an enemy attacks.  And when we need a time out, He can be our refuge (19-20).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 16:1-2 1 Then the Lord’s word came to me (Jeremiah), saying, “You shall not take a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters, in this place.” 

Jeremiah 16:5 For the Lord says, “Don’t enter into the house of mourning. Don’t go to lament. Don’t bemoan them, for I have taken away my peace from this people,” says the Lord, “even loving kindness and tender mercies.” 

Jeremiah 16:8 “You shall not go into the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and to drink.” 

Jeremiah 16:9-13 For the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says: “Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place, before your eyes and in your days, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. 10 It will happen, when you tell this people all these words, and they ask you, ‘Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us?’ or ‘What is our iniquity? or ‘What is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’ 11 then you shall tell them, ‘Because your fathers have forsaken Me,’ says the Lord, ‘and have walked after other gods, have served them, have worshiped them, have forsaken Me, and have not kept My law. 12 You have done evil more than your fathers, for behold, you each walk after the stubbornness of his evil heart, so that you don’t listen to Me. 13 Therefore I will cast you out of this land into the land that you have not known, neither you nor your fathers. There you will serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.’”

Jeremiah 16:14-15 14 “Therefore behold, the days come,” says the Lord, “that it will no more be said, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;’ 15 but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the countries where He had driven them.’ I will bring them again into their land that I gave to their fathers.

Jeremiah 16:16-18 16 “Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the Lord, “and they will fish them up. Afterward I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain, from every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks. 17 For My eyes are on all their ways. They are not hidden from My face. Their iniquity isn’t concealed from My eyes. 18 First I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable things, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations.”

Jeremiah 16:19-20 19 O Lord, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the nations will come to You from the ends of the earth, and will say, “Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, vanity and things in which there is no profit.  20 Should a man make to himself gods which yet are no gods?”

Jeremiah 16:21 “Therefore behold, I will cause them to know, this once I will cause them to know My hand and My might.  Then they will know that My name is the Lord.”

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Jeremiah 17 Theme

Eternal consequences.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the people continued to sin even though they had both the laws and the prophets to guide them (v. 1).

Something to think about

Some people trust in men and are barren and unfruitful (v. 5-6). Some people trust in God and flourish and are fruitful (v. 7-8).  Jeremiah asked the Lord to heal and save him (v. 14). The Lord told Jeremiah to tell the people to keep the sabbath holy (v. 21-23). And He said what would happen if they didn’t (v. 27).

Something to experience

When we trust in the Lord we will flourish and be fruitful too (v. 7-8).  Our heart is inclined to evil from birth.  We can succumb to temptation or we can ask God to help us resist the draw to sin (v. 10).  Even if you work on Sundays, take a day off during the week to spend time with the Lord (v. 21-23).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 17:1“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond.  It is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of your altars.”

Jeremiah 17:5-6 5 The Lord says: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man, relies on strength of flesh, and whose heart departs from the Lord.  For he will be like a bush in the desert, and will not see when good comes, but will inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, an uninhabited salt land.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose confidence is in the Lord.  For he will be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes, but its leaf will be green, and will not be concerned in the year of drought.  It won’t cease from yielding fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:10 “I, the Lord, search the mind.  I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”

Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed.  Save me, and I will be saved; for You are my praise.

Jeremiah 17:21-23 21 The Lord says, “Be careful, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. 22 Don’t carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day. Don’t do any work, but make the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers.” 23 But they didn’t listen. They didn’t turn their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, and might not receive instruction.” 

Jeremiah 17:27 “But if you will not listen to Me to make the Sabbath day holy, and not to bear a burden and enter in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it will devour the palaces of Jerusalem. It will not be quenched.”

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Jeremiah 18 Theme

The Potter (v. 1-4).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You could have made Your people useful vessels if they had allowed You to do so (v. 5-6).

Something to think about

If the Jewish people allowed, the Lord could reshape them into valuable vessels (v. 5-6).  They could have done this by repenting and turning from their evil (v. 7-8).  Or they could continue their evil, not repent and not be reshaped (v. 9-10).  The Lord said He was preparing a disaster for them and was devising a plan against them if they didn’t repent and reform their ways and their actions (v. 11).  But the Lord knew they were going to continue with their own plans (v. 12). 

Something to experience

The Lord can make us useful vessels if we allow Him to do so (v. 5-6). But when we are stubborn and refuse to submit, we are of no use to the Lord (v. 12).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 18:1-41 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying  “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.”  Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he was making something on the wheels. When the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Jeremiah 18:5-6 Then the Lord’s word came to me, saying, “House of Israel, can’t I do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Behold, as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, house of Israel.” 

Jeremiah 18:7-8 7 “At the instant I speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it; if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.”

Jeremiah 18:9-10 9“At the instant I speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;  10 if they do that which is evil in My sight, and do not obey My voice, then I will repent of the good with which I said I would benefit them.”

Jeremiah 18:11 “Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, ‘the Lord says: “Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a plan against you. Everyone return from his evil way now, and amend your ways and your doings.”’ 

Jeremiah 18:12 But they say, ‘It is in vain; for we will walk after our own plans, and we will each follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will be a living example of Your truth (Jeremiah 16:9-13).  Thank You for being our strength, our stronghold and our refuge (Jeremiah 16:19-20). Lord, I pray we will seek to know who You are (Jeremiah 16:21).  Lord, I pray we will trust in You and therefore flourish and bear fruit (Jeremiah 17:7-8).  Lord, I ask You to help us resist the draw of temptation (Jeremiah 17:10).  Lord, I pray we will honor the sabbath (Jeremiah 17:21-23).  Lord, I pray we will allow You to mold us and shape us into Your children (Jeremiah 18:5-6).  Lord, I pray we will follow close after You, repenting quickly and turning back to You (Jeremiah 18:7-8).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I stay near the Lord.” <>< Dona