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“May you and I keep our promises.” <>< Dona (10/29/20)

Please read Jeremiah 34 through 36.  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 34 Theme

God’s warning and God’s promise.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You sent Jeremiah to warn King Zedekiah that Babylon was about to take over the city of Jerusalem (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

Not only would the city of Jerusalem be overtaken by the Babylonians but the citizens would be taken to Babylon (v. 3-4). Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. He told the King that their slaves were to be set free (v. 8-9).  At first, they obeyed and let them go free, but then they changed their mind and made them return (v. 10-11, 15). The Lord through Jeremiah pointed out to the Israelites that He had made a covenant concerning the setting free of slaves with their forefathers too.  But they didn’t listen to or pay attention to the Lord (v. 12-14, 16).  So, the Lord proclaimed “liberty” to them (v. 17-18, 20).  And the Babylonians had a part in the “liberation” (v. 21-22).

Something to experience

If we expect to please God, we need to keep our promises.  God doesn’t want us to make any promises we don’t plan to keep. Even in business when a contract is broken there are usually consequences.  Sometimes serious ones.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 34:1-21 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, with all his army, all the kingdoms of the earth that were under his dominion, and all the peoples, were fighting against Jerusalem and against all its cities, saying: “The Lord, the God of Israel, says, Go, and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah, and tell him, The Lord says, ‘Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon and he will burn it with fire.’” 

Jeremiah 34:3-4 3 “You won’t escape out of his hand, but will surely be taken and delivered into his hand. Your eyes will see the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he will speak with you mouth to mouth. You will go to Babylon.”

Jeremiah 34:8-9 The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people who were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty to them; that every man should let his male servant, and every man his female servant, who is a Hebrew, go free; that no one should make bondservants of them, of a Jew his brother. 

Jeremiah 34:10-11 10 All the princes and all the people obeyed who had entered into the covenant, that everyone should let his male servant, and everyone his female servant go free, that no one should make bondservants of them anymore. They obeyed and let them go; 11 but afterwards they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them into subjection for servants and for handmaids.

Jeremiah 34:12-14 12 Therefore the Lord’s word came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 13 “the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, saying, 14 At the end of seven years, every man of you shall release his brother who is a Hebrew, who has been sold to you, and has served you six years. You shall let him go free from you; but your fathers didn’t listen to Me, and didn’t incline their ear.” 

Jeremiah 34:15-16 15 “You had now turned, and had done that which is right in My eyes, in every man proclaiming liberty to his neighbor. You had made a covenant before Me in the house which is called by My name; 16 but you turned and profaned My name, and every man caused his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom you had let go free at their pleasure, to return. You brought them into subjection, to be to you for servants and for handmaids.’”

Jeremiah 34:17-18, 20 17 Therefore the Lord says: “You have not listened to Me, to proclaim liberty, every man to his brother, and every man to his neighbor. Behold, I proclaim to you a liberty,” says the Lord, “to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine. I will make you be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth. 18 I will give the men who have transgressed My covenant, who have not performed the words of the covenant which they made before Me, …  20 I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life. Their dead bodies will be food for the birds of the sky and for the animals of the earth.”

Jeremiah 34:21-22 21 “I will give Zedekiah king of Judah and his princes into the hands of their enemies, into the hands of those who seek their life and into the hands of the king of Babylon’s army, who has gone away from you. 22 Behold, I will command,” says the Lord, “and cause them to return to this city. They will fight against it, take it, and burn it with fire. I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant.”

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Jeremiah 35 Theme

The Recabites (v. 2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Recabites had abstained from drinking wine for many years (v. 5-6).

Something to think about

This family, the Recabites, had been told by their forefather to not drink wine.  They obeyed that and everything else their forefather commanded them to do (v. 7-10).  The Lord spoke through Jeremiah to the Israelites asking why they didn’t obey Him like the Recabites obeyed their forefather (v. 12-16). The Lord said He would allow disaster to come upon the Israelites (v. 17). The Lord said Jonadab (a Recabite) would never fail to have a man to serve Him (v. 18-19).

Something to experience

Which will we be like? The Recabites or the Israelites.  Keep our vows or break them? Do what we are told or continually disobey? Be rewarded or be punished?

Is there anything you’ve neglected to do that you know God has told you to do? Perhaps it’s time to repent and turn from disobedience to obedience.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 35:2 “Go to the house of the Rechabites, and speak to them, and bring them into the Lord’s house, into one of the rooms, and give them wine to drink.”

Jeremiah 35:5-6 I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites bowls full of wine, and cups; and I said to them, “Drink wine!”  But they said, “We will drink no wine; for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying, ‘You shall drink no wine, neither you, nor your sons, forever.’

Jeremiah 35:7-10 ‘You shall not build a house, sow seed, plant a vineyard, or have any; but all your days you shall dwell in tents, that you may live many days in the land in which you live as nomads.’ We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, or our daughters; and not to build houses for ourselves to dwell in. We have no vineyard, field, or seed; 10 but we have lived in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us. 

Jeremiah 35:12-16 12 Then the Lord’s word came to Jeremiah, saying, 13 “The Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, “Will you not receive instruction to listen to My words?” says the Lord. 14 “The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed; and to this day they drink none, for they obey their father’s commandment; but I have spoken to you, rising up early and speaking, and you have not listened to Me. 15 I have sent also to you all My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, ‘Every one of you must return now from his evil way, amend your doings, and don’t go after other gods to serve them, then you will dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers:’ but you have not inclined your ear, nor listened to Me. 16 The sons of Jonadab the son of Recab have performed the commandment of their father which he commanded them, but this people has not listened to Me.”’

Jeremiah 35:17 “Therefore the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Behold, I will bring on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them; because I have spoken to them, but they have not heard; and I have called to them, but they have not answered.’”

Jeremiah 35:18-19 18 Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, “The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Because you have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according to all that he commanded you;’ 19 therefore the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jonadab the son of Rechab will not lack a man to stand before Me forever.’”

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Jeremiah 36 Theme

The burning of Jeremiah’s scroll.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Jeremiah’s scribe wrote down every word You had spoken from the reign of Josiah until their present time (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

The Lord gave the reason for recording His Word (v. 3). The people, the official and the king all heard the entire scroll content (v. 8).  The people were called to fast (v. 9). The officials became fearful (v. 16).  They instructed Baruch and Jeremiah to hide (v. 19).  Then they went to see the king and the scroll was read to him (v. 20-22).  As the scroll was being read the king would cut off that portion and throw it into a fire (v. 23).  Three of those present urged the king not to burn the scroll but he wouldn’t listen (v. 24-25). The king instructed that Baruch (the scribe) and Jeremiah (the prophet) be arrested (v. 26).  The Lord spoke to Jeremiah to write on another scroll.  Included on this scroll was what would happen to the king (v. 30-31).  

Something to experience

Many will reject God’s Word, but they’ll never be able to destroy it.  Perhaps we should give more time to memorizing it though, so it will be hidden in our heart.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 36:1-2  1 In the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Take a scroll of a book, and write in it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah, even to this day.” 

Jeremiah 36:3 “It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I intend to do to them; that they may each return from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.”

Jeremiah 36:8 Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the Lord’s words in the Lord’s house. 

Jeremiah 36:9 Now in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, all the people in Jerusalem, and all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem, proclaimed a fast before the Lord. 

Jeremiah 36:16 Now when they had heard all the words, they turned in fear one toward another, and said to Baruch, “We will surely tell the king of all these words.” 

Jeremiah 36:19 Then the princes said to Baruch, “You and Jeremiah go hide. Don’t let anyone know where you are.”

Jeremiah 36:20-22 20 They went in to the king into the court; but they had laid up the scroll in the room of Elishama the scribe. Then they told all the words in the hearing of the king. 21 So the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll; and he took it out of the room of Elishama the scribe. Jehudi read it in the hearing of the king, and in the hearing of all the princes who stood beside the king. 22 Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month; and there was a fire in the brazier burning before him. 

Jeremiah 36:23 When Jehudi had read three or four leaves, the king cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was in the brazier, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier. 

Jeremiah 36:24-25 24 The king and his servants who heard all these words were not afraid, and didn’t tear their garments. 25 Moreover Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the scroll; but he would not listen to them. 

Jeremiah 36:26 The king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet; but the Lord hid them.

Jeremiah 36:30-31 30 Therefore the Lord says concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: “He will have no one to sit on David’s throne. His dead body will be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost. 31 I will punish him, his offspring, and his servants for their iniquity. I will bring on them, on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and on the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them, but they didn’t listen.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will experience the peace only You can provide (Jeremiah 34:5).  Lord, I pray we will experience the kind of freedom only You can give (Jeremiah 34:10).  Lord, I pray we will seek freedom for all our fellow citizens who are falsely imprisoned right now (Jeremiah 34:17).   Lord, I pray we will quickly repent when we see we’ve sinned.  I pray we will turn from our sinful ways and follow close after You.  I pray we will pay attention and listen to You (Jeremiah 35:15).  Lord, I pray we will listen when You speak (Jeremiah 35:17).  Lord, thank You for forgiving us when we turn from sin (Jeremiah 36:3).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I experience all God has for us.” <>< Dona