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“May you and I always trust God’s Word.” <>< Dona (11/03/20)

Please read Jeremiah 43 through 45.  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 43 Theme

Disobedience.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord Your plans should always be our plans.

Something to think about

Johanan and his band of man didn’t believe the Lord’s Word (v. 1-3). They chose to disobey God and go to Egypt (v. 4-7). Though they didn’t obey what Jeremiah said, they took him (Jeremiah) and Baruch (a scribe) with them (v. 6).   

Something to experience

Though Jeremiah was doing all God told him to do, the way others responded to him was not a true measure of his success.  And neither will it be for us. Our success is measured by God not by our audience.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 43:1-3When Jeremiah had finished speaking to all the people all the words of the Lord their God, with which the Lord their God had sent him to them, even all these words, then Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men spoke, saying to Jeremiah, “You speak falsely. The Lord our God has not sent you to say, ‘You shall not go into Egypt to live there;’ but Baruch the son of Neriah has turned you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may put us to death, and carry us away captive to Babylon.”

Jeremiah 43:4-7 So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, didn’t obey the Lord’s voice, to dwell in the land of Judah. But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, who had returned from all the nations where they had been driven, to live in the land of Judah; the men, and the women, and the children, and the king’s daughters, and every person who Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan; and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah; and they came into the land of Egypt; for they didn’t obey the Lord’s voice: and they came to Tahpanhes.

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Jeremiah 44 Theme

Idolatry brings disaster.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, just like the Israelites, there are some today who follow after other gods.

Something to think about

Jeremiah reminded the people the worship of false gods would bring disaster to their land.  He told them they would never be able to return to Judah because they had gone against God’s plan (v. 1-14). Whatever spiritual life the Israelites had experienced had been lost as they moved closer and closer to idolatry (v. 15-18).

Something to experience

Like the exiles, when we refuse to follow God’s plan, we risk repeating our mistakes (v. 9-11). What we’ve lived through should be life lessons we remember.  We need to learn from our past. When troubles force us to examine our life, we need to take a close look at God’s Word.  Draw near to God.  If we move away from God, we can become more confused in our thinking and less likely to follow God’s plan. 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 44:1-141 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews who lived in the land of Egypt, who lived at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Memphis, and in the country of Pathros, saying, 2“The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘You have seen all the evil that I have brought on Jerusalem, and on all the cities of Judah. Behold, today they are a desolation, and no man dwells in them, because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke Me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, to serve other gods that they didn’t know, neither they, nor you, nor your fathers. However I sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, “Oh, don’t do this abominable thing that I hate.” But they didn’t listen and didn’t incline their ear. They didn’t turn from their wickedness, to stop burning incense to other gods. Therefore My wrath and My anger was poured out, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as it is today.’  “Therefore now the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Why do you commit great evil against your own souls, to cut off from yourselves man and woman, infant and nursing child out of the middle of Judah, to leave yourselves no one remaining; in that you provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands, burning incense to other gods in the land of Egypt, where you have gone to live; that you may be cut off, and that you may be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth? Have you forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 10 They are not humbled even to this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in My law, nor in My statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.’  11 “Therefore the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Behold, I will set My face against you for evil, even to cut off all Judah. 12 I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to live there, and they will all be consumed. They will fall in the land of Egypt. They will be consumed by the sword and by the famine. They will die, from the least even to the greatest, by the sword and by the famine. They will be an object of horror, an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach. 13 For I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; 14 so that none of the remnant of Judah, who have gone into the land of Egypt to live there, will escape or be left to return into the land of Judah, to which they have a desire to return to dwell there; for no one will return except those who will escape.’”

Jeremiah 44:15-18 15 Then all the men who knew that their wives burned incense to other gods, and all the women who stood by, a great assembly, even all the people who lived in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, 16 “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the Lord’s name, we will not listen to you. 17 But we will certainly perform every word that has gone out of our mouth, to burn incense to the queen of the sky, and to pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then had we plenty of food, and were well, and saw no evil. 18 But since we stopped burning incense to the queen of the sky, and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.”

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Jeremiah 45 Theme

God’s message to Baruch (v. 1-2, 4-5).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Baruch was upset (v. 3).

Something to think about

God told Baruch, spoken by Jeremiah, to stop looking at himself and to stop thinking about what he thought God owed him.

Something to experience

We too need to focus on the Lord and not on ourselves. We need to avoid looking at ourselves and instead to turn our eyes upon Jesus.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 45:1-51 The message that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying, “The Lord, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch: ‘You said, “Woe is me now! For the Lord has added sorrow to my pain! I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.”’  “You shall tell him, the Lord says: ‘Behold, that which I have built, I will break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up; and this in the whole land. Do you seek great things for yourself? Don’t seek them; for, behold, I will bring evil on all flesh,’ says the Lord; ‘but I will let you escape with your life wherever you go.’”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will obey You by going where You tell us to go and staying where You tell us to stay (Jeremiah 43:4).  Lord, I pray we will not seek after other gods (Jeremiah 44:3).  Lord, I pray we will humble ourselves before You, show reverence to You and follow Your Word (Jeremiah 44:10).  Lord, I pray we will listen to Your instructions and do all that You say (Jeremiah 44:16-17). Lord, I pray we will be protected by You because we have chosen to obey You (Jeremiah 45:5).   In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

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