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“May you and I make our relationship with God the top priority in our life.” <>< Dona 10/23/20

Please read Jeremiah 22 through 24.  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 22 Theme

Judgment.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You spoke to the king of Judah and his people (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

The Lord instructed the king on how to rebuild the nation (v. 3-5).  Just because his father (King Josiah) had been a great king, God couldn’t overlook that King Jehoiakim was not (v. 15-16). In fact, Jehoiakim was evil (v. 17).   Jehoiakim’s wealth was more important to him than his relationship with God (v. 21).  

Something to experience

We need to realize doing what is right is more than just believing all the right things about God.  We need to live in obedience to God (v. 4-6). We can inherit tangible treasures from our parents but their faith can’t be inherited.  We have to build our own faith relationship with God (v. 15-16).  Whether things are going well or things are going badly, we need to stay connected to God (v. 21). 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 22:1-21 The Lord said, “Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak this word, there: ‘Hear the Lord’s word, king of Judah, who sits on David’s throne, you, your servants, and your people who enter in by these gates.” 

Jeremiah 22:3-5 The Lord says: “Execute justice and righteousness, and deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong. Do no violence to the foreigner, the fatherless, or the widow. Don’t shed innocent blood in this place. For if you do this thing indeed, then kings sitting on David’s throne will enter in by the gates of this house, riding in chariots and on horses, he, his servants, and his people. But if you will not hear these words, I swear by Myself,” says the Lord, “that this house will become a desolation.”

Jeremiah 22:15-16 15 “Should you reign, because you strive to excel in cedar?  Didn’t your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness?  Then it was well with him.  16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; so, it was well, then. Wasn’t this to know Me?” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 22:17 “But your eyes and your heart are only for your covetousness, for shedding innocent blood, for oppression, and for doing violence.”

Jeremiah 22:21 “I spoke to you in your prosperity; but you said, ‘I will not listen.’ This has been your way from your youth, that you didn’t obey My voice.”

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Jeremiah 23 Theme

A Shepherd.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the leaders (the shepherds) were corrupt.

Something to think about

The leaders (the shepherds) were held responsible for those they were suppose to be leading (v. 1-4).  The corrupt leaders were compared to the coming Messiah who would reign as king and deal wisely, and would execute justice and righteousness in the land (v. 5-6).  The major reason the Jewish nation became so sinful was because of the false prophets (v. 10-11). The Lord ended the chapter with speaking everlasting reproach and a perpetual shame upon the people (v. 39-40).

Something to experience

Even today each of us are held accountable for those God places in our care. Even today there are those who speak as if God has spoken to them (v. 13-14, 25-32). My Bible notes give four warning signs of false prophets: (1) they do not live according to God’s principles (2) they water down God’s message in order to make it more acceptable (3) they encourage their listeners to disobey God (4) they tend to be arrogant and self-serving, appealing to the desires of their audience instead of being true to God’s Word.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 23:1-4 1 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the Lord.  Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, says against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and have not visited them. Behold, I will visit on you the evil of your doings,” says the Lord. “I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they will be fruitful and multiply. I will set up shepherds over them, who will feed them. They will no longer be afraid or dismayed, neither will any be lacking,” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 23:5-6 “Behold, the days come,” says the Lord, “that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and He will reign as king and deal wisely, and will execute justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely.  This is His name by which He will be called: The Lord our righteousness.”

Jeremiah 23:10-11 10 “For the land is full of adulterers; for because of the curse the land mourns.  The pastures of the wilderness have dried up.  Their course is evil, and their might is not right; 11 for both prophet and priest are profane.   Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 23:13-14 13 “I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria.  They prophesied by Baal, and caused My people Israel to err.  14 In the prophets of Jerusalem I have also seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery and walk in lies. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one returns from his wickedness. They have all become to Me as Sodom, and its inhabitants as Gomorrah.”

Jeremiah 23:25-32 25 “I have heard what the prophets have said, who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ 26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, even the prophets of the deceit of their own heart? 27 They intend to cause My people to forget My name by their dreams which they each tell his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal. 28 The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the straw to the wheat?” says the Lord. 29 “Isn’t My word like fire?” says the Lord; “and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”  30 “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who each steal My words from his neighbor. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who use their tongues, and say, ‘He says.’  32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams,” says the Lord, “who tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies, and by their vain boasting; yet I didn’t send them or command them. They don’t profit this people at all,” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 23:39-40 “… I will utterly forget you, and I will cast you off, and the city that I gave to you and to your fathers, away from My presence. 40 I will bring an everlasting reproach on you, and a perpetual shame, which will not be forgotten.”

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Jeremiah 24 Theme

Figs.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You compared figs (v. 1-3).  

Something to think about

The good figs were the Babylonian exiles (v. 4-7).  The bad figs were those who remained behind in Judah or ran away to Egypt (v. 8-10).  

Something to experience

Regardless of what we think of God’s plan He has only the best in mind for His children who follow Him (v. 6-7).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 24:1-31 The Lord showed me, and behold, two baskets of figs were set before the Lord’s temple, after Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the craftsmen and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.  Then the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”  I said, “Figs. The good figs are very good, and the bad are very bad, so bad they can’t be eaten.”

Jeremiah 24:4-7 The Lord’s word came to me, saying, “The Lord, the God of Israel says: ‘Like these good figs, so I will regard the captives of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans, for good. For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again to this land. I will build them, and not pull them down. I will plant them, and not pluck them up. I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord. They will be My people, and I will be their God; for they will return to Me with their whole heart.”

Jeremiah 24:8-10 “‘As the bad figs, which can’t be eaten, they are so bad,’ surely the Lord says, ‘So I will give up Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the remnant of Jerusalem, who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt. I will even give them up to be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth for evil, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places where I will drive them. 10 I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, until they are consumed from off the land that I gave to them and to their fathers.’”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will do what is just and right.  I pray we will rescue those who are being robbed.  I pray we will treat those who are aliens, fatherless or widows kindly.  I pray we will not harm the innocent.  I pray we will carry out all Your commands (Jeremiah 22:3-5).  Lord, I pray we will have shepherds to lead us who are appointed by You (Jeremiah 23:3-4).  Lord, I ask You to watch over us, build us up, and plant us where we can bloom.  I ask You to give us a heart to know You.  I pray we will be Your people and You will be our God.  I pray we will follow You with all our heart (Jeremiah 24:6-7).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I follow the Lord with all our heart.” <>< Dona