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“May you and I discern God’s Word from the world’s <>< Dona (10/26/20)

Please read Jeremiah 25 through 27.  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 25 Theme

God’s messages (v. 1-3).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your messages spoken by Jeremiah were rejected over and over (v. 3).

Something to think about

Jeremiah committed his life to speaking God’s message (v. 4-6).  But the people didn’t listen to him (v. 7).   The Lord spoke His judgment (v. 30-31). Jeremiah spoke of wicked nations who would experience God’s wrath (v. 32-33, 37). 

Something to experience

God never stops loving us, even when we reject Him.  Like Jeremiah, we need to commit ourselves to never forsaking God.  No matter how people respond when we tell them about God, we need to remain faithful to God’s call on our life and continue to witness for Him.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 25:1-3The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (this was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, these twenty-three years, the Lord’s word has come to me, and I have spoken to you, rising up early and speaking; but you have not listened.

Jeremiah 25:4-6 The Lord has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them (but you have not listened or inclined your ear to hear), saying, “Return now everyone from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord has given to you and to your fathers, from of old and even forever more. Don’t go after other gods to serve them or worship them, and don’t provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands; then I will do you no harm.”

Jeremiah 25:7 “Yet you have not listened to Me,” says the Lord; “that you may provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own hurt.”

Jeremiah 25:30-31 30 “Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and tell them, “‘The Lord will roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation.  He will mightily roar against His fold.  He will give a shout, as those who tread grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.  31 A noise will come even to the end of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with the nations.  He will enter into judgment with all flesh.  As for the wicked, He will give them to the sword,”’ says the Lord.” 

Jeremiah 25:32-33 32 The Lord Almighty says, “Behold, evil will go out from nation to nation, and a great storm will be raised up from the uttermost parts of the earth.”  33The slain of the Lord will be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth. They won’t be lamented. They won’t be gathered or buried. They will be dung on the surface of the ground. 

Jeremiah 25:37 The peaceful folds are brought to silence because of the fierce anger of the Lord.

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Jeremiah 26 Theme

Jeremiah’s commitment to God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You reminded Jeremiah to give Your entire message to the people, to not omit even one word (v. 1-2). 

Something to think about

The Lord wanted the people to listen and turn from their evil ways.  For then He would relent and not bring His planned disaster upon them (v. 3).  As soon as the priest, the prophets and all the people heard the Lord’s message through Jeremiah they turned on him (v. 8-11). Then Jeremiah spoke once again the Lord’ message; this time to the princes and the people (v. 12-15).  They believed that Jeremiah was speaking God’s message (v. 16). 

Something to experience

Will we stand up for God’s Word?  Will we accept God’s Word?  And will we share God’s Word? 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 26:1-21 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the Lord: “The Lord says: ‘Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Don’t omit a word.’” 

Jeremiah 26:3-6 3It may be they will listen, and every man turn from his evil way; that I may relent from the evil which I intend to do to them because of the evil of their doings.’” You shall tell them, “The Lord says: ‘If you will not listen to Me, to walk in My law, which I have set before you, to listen to the words of My servants the prophets, whom I send to you, even rising up early and sending them, but you have not listened; then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.”’”

Jeremiah 26:8-11 When Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, “You shall surely die! Why have you prophesied in the Lord’s name, saying, ‘This house will be like Shiloh, and this city will be desolate, without inhabitant?’” All the people were crowded around Jeremiah in the Lord’s house.  10 When the princes of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king’s house to the Lord’s house; and they sat in the entry of the new gate of the Lord’s house. 11 Then the priests and the prophets spoke to the princes and to all the people, saying, “This man is worthy of death; for he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your ears.”

Jeremiah 26:12-15 12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes and to all the people, saying, “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that you have heard. 13 Now therefore amend your ways and your doings, and obey the Lord your God’s voice; then the Lord will relent from the evil that He has pronounced against you. 14 But as for me, behold, I am in your hand. Do with me what is good and right in your eyes. 15 Only know for certain that, if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, on this city, and on its inhabitants; for in truth the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears.”

Jeremiah 26:16 16 Then the princes and all the people said to the priests and to the prophets: “This man is not worthy of death; for he has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.”

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Jeremiah 27 Theme

Bondage to Babylon.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You instructed Jeremiah to wear a yoke as a symbol of bondage (v. 1-3).

Something to think about

Nebuchadnezzar (the king of Babylon) was used by God to fulfill His promise of judgment against His people, the Israelites.  Jeremiah was instructed by God to wear a yoke (a wooden frame used to fasten a team of animals to a plow) as a symbol of how the people must submit to Babylon’s yoke (v. 4-7) or be destroyed (v. 8). God warned the Israelites about listening to the lies of their prophets, their diviners, their interpreters of dreams, their soothsayers, or their sorcerers (v. 9-10).  The Lord would let those who chose to serve Babylon to remain in their own land (v. 11).   If they didn’t serve Babylon they would face the sword, famine, and pestilence (v. 12-15).  Jeremiah predicted that even the temple objects would be taken (v. 19-22).

Something to experience

God can use whomever He chooses to do whatever He pleases. God can use unlikely people or situations to turn us in the direction He wants us to go. Are you ready to be a part of God’s plan, even if you don’t understand all of it? Then we must discern between the true and false prophets who speak to us.  The Bible is the only reliable fact checking resource.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 27:1-3 1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2The Lord says to me: “Make bonds and bars, and put them on your neck. Then send them to the king of Edom, to the king of Moab, to the king of the children of Ammon, to the king of Tyre, and to the king of Sidon, by the hand of the messengers who come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah.” 

Jeremiah 27:4-7 4 “Give them a command to their masters, saying, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says, “You shall tell your masters: ‘I have made the earth, the men, and the animals that are on the surface of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm. I give it to whom it seems right to Me. Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant. I have also given the animals of the field to him to serve him. All the nations will serve him, his son, and his son’s son, until the time of his own land comes. Then many nations and great kings will make him their bondservant.”

Jeremiah 27:8  “‘It will happen that I will punish the nation and the kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon,’ says the Lord, ‘with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.’” 

Jeremiah 27:9-10 9 “But as for you, don’t listen to your prophets, to your diviners, to your dreams, to your soothsayers, or to your sorcerers, who speak to you, saying, “You shall not serve the king of Babylon;” 10 for they prophesy a lie to you, to remove you far from your land, so that I would drive you out, and you would perish.” 

Jeremiah 27:11 “But the nation that brings their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serves him, that nation I will let remain in their own land,’ says the Lord; ‘and they will till it and dwell in it.’”

Jeremiah 27:12-15 12 I spoke to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these words, saying, “Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live. 13 Why will you die, you and your people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord has spoken concerning the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? 14 Don’t listen to the words of the prophets who speak to you, saying, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon;’ for they prophesy a lie to you. 15 For I have not sent them,” says the Lord, “but they prophesy falsely in My name; that I may drive you out, and that you may perish, you, and the prophets who prophesy to you.”

Jeremiah 27:19-22 19 For the Lord Almighty says concerning the pillars, concerning the sea, concerning the bases, and concerning the rest of the vessels that are left in this city, 20 which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon didn’t take when he carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem; 21 yes, the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says concerning the vessels that are left in the Lord’s house, and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem: 22 ‘They will be carried to Babylon, and there they will be, until the day that I visit them,’ says the Lord; ‘then I will bring them up, and restore them to this place.’”

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Prayer

Lord, thank You for never giving up on us.  Lord, I pray we will not forsake You no matter how many around us turn their back on You (Jeremiah 25:4).  Lord, I pray we will indeed listen to You and follow Your Word (Jeremiah 26:4).  Lord, I pray we will change our sinful ways and obey You (Jeremiah 26:13).  Lord, give us wisdom to discern the truth from those who speak to us (Jeremiah 27:9).  Lord, bring us to the place You want us to be.  Restore our nation to Your Lordship (v. 22).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.  

“May you and I pray for the restoration of our nation.” <>< Dona