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“May you and I seek a personal relationship with the Lord.” <>< Dona (11/02/20)

Please read Jeremiah 40 through 42.  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 40 Theme

Jeremiah was freed.

Response

Oh! Wow! The Babylonian commander recognized God’s hand in what was going on (v. 2-3).

Something to think about

The commander from Babylon didn’t know God, but acknowledged their victory was from God (v. 1-3). 

Something to experience

Knowing God is more important than knowing about God.  We need to make sure we have a personal relationship with God.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 40:1-31 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all the captives of Jerusalem and Judah, who were carried away captive to Babylon. The captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said to him, “The Lord your God pronounced this evil on this place; and the Lord has brought it, and done according as He spoke. Because you have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed His voice, therefore this thing has come on you.” 

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Jeremiah 41 Theme

No king, no law, no God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, without laws and without the Lord a nation cannot succeed.

Something to think about

The day after king Gedaliah’s assassination 80 men came to worship in Jerusalem.  Most of them were killed, but 10 asked for mercy so their lives were spared (v. 4-10).

Something to experience

With no leader, with no law and with no loyalty to God Judah was subject to complete anarchy. We need laws and leaders that honor God.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 41:4-10The second day after he had killed Gedaliah, and no man knew it, men came from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even eighty men, having their beards shaved and their clothes torn, and having cut themselves, with meal offerings and frankincense in their hand, to bring them to the Lord’s house. Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went out from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went: and as he met them, he said to them, “Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam.” It was so, when they came into the middle of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah killed them, and cast them into the middle of the pit, he, and the men who were with him. But ten men were found among those who said to Ishmael, “Don’t kill us; for we have stores hidden in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey.”  So he stopped, and didn’t kill them among their brothers. Now the pit in which Ishmael cast all the dead bodies of the men whom he had killed, by the side of Gedaliah (this was that which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel), Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with those who were killed.  10 Then Ishmael carried away captive all of the people who were left in Mizpah, even the king’s daughters, and all the people who remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the children of Ammon.

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Jeremiah 42 Theme

A curse.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the army officers had no intentions of obeying You.

Something to think about

But they (the army officers) did ask for prayer.  So Jeremiah sought the Lord.  The Lord answered him.   But then the army officers chose to disobey the Lord (v. 1-22). 

Something to experience

It is a huge mistake to ask for God’s guidance when there is no plan to really follow through.  If we’re not going to follow through, it’s better that we not pray for God’s guidance.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 42:1-22 Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even to the greatest, came near, and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Please let our supplication be presented before you, and pray for us to the Lord your God, even for all this remnant; for we are left but a few of many, as your eyes see us; that the Lord your God may show us the way in which we should walk, and the things that we should do.”  Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you. Behold, I will pray to the Lord your God according to your words; and it will happen that whatever thing the Lord answers you, I will declare it to you. I will keep nothing back from you.”  Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord be a true and faithful witness among us, if we don’t do according to all the word with which the Lord your God sends you to tell us. Whether it is good, or whether it is bad, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send you; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.”  After ten days, the Lord’s word came to Jeremiah. Then he called Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest, and said to them, “the Lord, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your supplication before Him, says: 10 ‘If you will still live in this land, then I will build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I grieve over the distress that I have brought on you. 11 Don’t be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Don’t be afraid of him,’ says the Lord: ‘for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. 12 I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy on you, and cause you to return to your own land.  13 “‘But if you say, “We will not dwell in this land;” so that you don’t obey the Lord your God’s voice, 14 saying, “No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we will see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there we will dwell:”’ 15 now therefore hear the Lord’s word, O remnant of Judah: the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says, ‘If you indeed set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to live there; 16 then it will happen that the sword, which you fear, will overtake you there in the land of Egypt; and the famine, about which you are afraid, will follow close behind you there in Egypt; and you will die there. 17 So will it be with all the men who set their faces to go into Egypt to live there. They will die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence. None of them will remain or escape from the evil that I will bring on them.’ 18 For the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘As My anger and My wrath has been poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so My wrath will be poured out on you, when you enter into Egypt; and you will be an object of horror, an astonishment, a curse, and a reproach; and you will see this place no more.’  19 “The Lord has spoken concerning you, remnant of Judah, ‘Don’t go into Egypt!’ Know certainly that I have testified to you today. 20 For you have dealt deceitfully against your own souls; for you sent me to the Lord your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to the Lord our God; and according to all that the Lord our God says, so declare to us, and we will do it.’ 21 I have declared it to you today; but you have not obeyed the Lord your God’s voice in anything for which He has sent me to you. 22 Now therefore know certainly that you will die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence in the place where you desire to go to live there.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will seek a personal relationship with You (Jeremiah 40:2-3).  Lord, I pray we will elect leaders who follow Your law and Your Word (Jeremiah 41:4-9). Lord, I pray we will not only ask You to guide us we will do what You say for us to do (Jeremiah 42:3).   Lord, I pray we will go where You call us to go and do what You call us to do (Jeremiah 42:10-12).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I always obey the Lord.” <>< Dona