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“May you and I cherish all of God’s people.” <>< Dona (10/22/20)

Please read Jeremiah 19 through 21.  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 19 Theme

God’s judgment.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, parents were sacrifices their children (v. 5).

Something to think about

The Lord told Jeremiah to take a clay jar with him and to speak from the Potsherd Gate (v. 1-2). Jeremiah was to proclaim God’s message of the destruction to come (v. 3). God was going to do this because of Israel’s behavior (v. 4-6).  God told them what He was going to do (v. 7-9, 10-13, 14-15).

Something to experience

We believers need to look around and see what God might be speaking to us through our own personal situations. 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 19:1-2 1 Thus said the Lord, “Go, and buy a potter’s earthen container, and take some of the elders of the people, and of the elders of the priests; and go out to the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the gate Harsith, and proclaim there the words that I will tell you.” 

Jeremiah 19:3 3 “Say, ‘Hear the Lord’s word, kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem: the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says, “Behold, I will bring evil on this place, which whoever hears, his ears will tingle.”

Jeremiah 19:4-6  4 “Because they have forsaken Me, and have defiled this place, and have burned incense in it to other gods that they didn’t know, they, their fathers, and the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Baal, to burn their children in the fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I didn’t command, nor speak, which didn’t even enter into My mind. Therefore, behold, the days come,” says the Lord, “that this place will no more be called ‘Topheth’, nor ‘The Valley of the son of Hinnom’, but ‘The valley of Slaughter’.”

Jeremiah 19:7-9 “I will make the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem void in this place. I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of those who seek their life. I will give their dead bodies to be food for the birds of the sky and for the animals of the earth. I will make this city an astonishment and a hissing. Everyone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its plagues. I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters. They will each eat the flesh of his friend in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies, and those who seek their life, will distress them.”

Jeremiah 19:10-13 10 “Then you shall break the container in the sight of the men who go with you, 11 and shall tell them, ‘the Lord Almighty says: “Even so I will break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter’s vessel, that can’t be made whole again. They will bury in Topheth, until there is no place to bury. 12 This is what I will do to this place,” says the Lord, “and to its inhabitants, even making this city as Topheth. 13 The houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, which are defiled, will be as the place of Topheth, even all the houses on whose roofs they have burned incense to all the army of the sky and have poured out drink offerings to other gods.”

Jeremiah 19:14-15 14 Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, and he stood in the court of the Lord’s house, and said to all the people: 15 “The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says, ‘Behold, I will bring on this city and on all its towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have made their neck stiff, that they may not hear My words.’”

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Jeremiah 20 Theme

Jeremiah’s punishment.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Jeremiah was put in stocks for speaking Your message (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

The chief officer in the temple had Jeremiah beaten and put it the stocks (v. 1-2).  But after being released, Jeremiah spoke God’s message directly to the chief officer (v. 3-6). Then Jeremiah cried out to the Lord, unburdening his heart (v. 7-18).

Something to experience

Sometimes the truth stings.  Our reaction shows our true self.  May we take the truth and allow it to change us for the better. When God’s Word comes to us will we respond as Jeremiah did?   When we are compelled to share God’s Word with others, will we share it regardless of the results? (v. 9)

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 20:1-2 1 Now Pashhur, the son of Immer the priest, who was chief officer in the Lord’s house, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet and put him in the stocks that were in the upper gate of Benjamin, which was in the Lord’s house. 

Jeremiah 20:3-6 On the next day, Pashhur released Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord has not called your name Pashhur, but Magormissabib.  For the Lord says, ‘Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends. They will fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes will see it. I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will carry them captive to Babylon, and will kill them with the sword. Moreover I will give all the riches of this city, and all its gains, and all its precious things, yes, I will give all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies. They will make them captives, take them, and carry them to Babylon. You, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house will go into captivity. You will come to Babylon, and there you will die, and there you will be buried, you, and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied falsely.’”

Jeremiah 20:7-18 O Lord, You have persuaded me, and I was persuaded.  You are stronger than I, and have prevailed.  I have become a laughingstock all day.  Everyone mocks me.  For as often as I speak, I cry out; I cry, “Violence and destruction!” because the Lord’s word has been made a reproach to me, and a derision, all day.  If I say, I will not make mention of Him, or speak any more in His name, then there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones.  I am weary with holding it in. I can’t.  10 For I have heard the defaming of many, “Terror on every side!  Denounce, and we will denounce him!” say all my familiar friends, those who watch for my fall.  “Perhaps he will be persuaded, and we will prevail against him, and we will take our revenge on him.”  11 But the Lord is with me as an awesome mighty one.  Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they won’t prevail.  They will be utterly disappointed, because they have not dealt wisely, even with an everlasting dishonor which will never be forgotten.  12 But O Lord Almighty, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the mind, let me see Your vengeance on them, for I have revealed my cause to you.  13 Sing to the Lord!  Praise the Lord, for He has delivered the soul of the needy from the hand of evildoers.  14 Cursed is the day in which I was born.  Don’t let the day in which my mother bore me be blessed.  15 Cursed is the man who brought news to my father, saying, “A boy is born to you,” making him very glad.  16 Let that man be as the cities which the Lord overthrew, and didn’t repent.  Let him hear a cry in the morning, and shouting at noontime; 17 because he didn’t kill me from the womb.  So my mother would have been my grave, and her womb always great.  18 Why did I come out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

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Jeremiah 21 Theme

Rejected by God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Judah’s leaders in desperation sought Your message again (v. 3-14). 

Something to think about

Jeremiah was asked to inquire of the Lord again even though his prophecy earlier had not been taken serious (v. 1-2).  Jeremiah had previously foretold the destruction of their city and they were still headed for that (v. 3-14).  

Something to experience

Until we leave this earth God has a plan He wants us to carry out. God wants a genuine relationship with each of us. 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 21:1-2 1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, when king Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchijah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, saying, “Please inquire of the Lord for us; for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon makes war against us. Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all His wondrous works, that he may withdraw from us.”

Jeremiah 21:3-14 Then Jeremiah said to them, “Tell Zedekiah: ‘the Lord, the God of Israel says, “Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans who besiege you outside the walls; and I will gather them into the middle of this city. I Myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation. I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and animal. They will die of a great pestilence. Afterward,” says the Lord, “I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, his servants, and the people, even those who are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life. He will strike them with the edge of the sword. He will not spare them, have pity, or have mercy.”’  “You shall say to this people, ‘The Lord says: “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He who remains in this city will die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he who goes out and passes over to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he will live, and he will escape with his life. 10 For I have set My face on this city for evil, and not for good,” says the Lord. “It will be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will burn it with fire.”’

11 “Concerning the house of the king of Judah, hear the Lord’s word: 12 House of David, the Lord says, ‘Execute justice in the morning, and deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor, lest My wrath go out like fire, and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.  13 Behold, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley, and of the rock of the plain,’ says the Lord. ‘You that say, “Who would come down against us?” or “Who would enter into our homes?”  14 I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, says the Lord;  and I will kindle a fire in her forest, and it will devour all that is around her.’”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will never turn our backs on You (Jeremiah 19:4).  Lord, I pray we will value and cherish our children (Jeremiah 19:5).  Lord, I pray we will seek to know and share Your Word with those around us (Jeremiah 20:9). Lord, I pray You will be a mighty warrior for us (Jeremiah 20:11). Lord, I ask You to rescue the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked among us (Jeremiah 20:13).  Lord, I pray we will choose life with You (Jeremiah 21:8). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I choose life with the Lord.” <>< Dona