Reading for Wednesday August 28, 2019
He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy; though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer; he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones; he has made my paths crooked.
God made their paths crooked because they were following the ways of this world. Jesus saves us from from following the wrong path because He is The Way. And His Way is straight.
Reading for Tuesday August 27, 2019
And in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he became king, graciously freed Jehoiachin king of Judah and brought him out of prison
By my calculations, the 25th day of the 12th month is Christmas. Is the date of any significance in Babylon 1000 years before it would be celebrated as Christmas?
Reading for Sunday August 25, 2019
the renown of Moab is no more
Jeremiah 48: 14-15
"How do you say, 'We are heroes and mighty men of war'? The destroyer of Moab and his cities has come up, and the choicest of his young men have gone down to slaughter, declares the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
The words "renown", "heroes", and "mighty men" sound like complimentary words but they are not. Men of renown describes people that we would call strong men, dictators, or even thugs. Mighty men and heroes are people who put themselves first above God. Considering yourself a hero is the kind of pride that goes before the fall.
Reading for Saturday August 24, 2019
"Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your plea for mercy before him: If you will remain in this land, then I will build you up and not pull you down; I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I relent of the disaster that I did to you. Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the Lord, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand. I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and let you remain in your own land. But if you say, 'We will not remain in this land,' disobeying the voice of the Lord your God and saying, 'No, we will go to the land of Egypt, where we shall not see war or hear the sound of the trumpet or be hungry for bread, and we will dwell there,' then hear the word of the Lord, O remnant of Judah. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: If you set your faces to enter Egypt and go to live there, then the sword that you fear shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine of which you are afraid shall follow close after you to Egypt, and there you shall die.
Jeremiah foretells of the devastation that will befall the people if they do not repent and follow God. Despite being right time and again, the people fail to follow what Jeremiah is telling them is the Word of God.
Do the people believe that Jeremiah is wrong, or do they believe that they know better than The Word of God?
King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah the prophet and received him at the third entrance of the temple of the Lord. The king said to Jeremiah, "I will ask you a question; hide nothing from me."
Why did King Zedekiah seek out the truth and then not follow it?
"Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah until today. It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the disaster that I intend to do to them, so that every one may turn from his evil way, and that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin
In the time of Jeremiah there were many false prophets and Jeremiah was not beloved by all. However, if you evaluate the wisdom of his message, there is no fallacy to be found. Here he is saying that you should repent so that God can forgive you of all these things you have done wrong. Presented with this truth, the king chose not to believe and not to repent. The king was placing his own judgement above that of God.
And they obeyed, all the officials and all the people who had entered into the covenant that everyone would set free his slave, male or female, so that they would not be enslaved again. They obeyed and set them free. But afterward they turned around and took back the male and female slaves they had set free, and brought them into subjection as slaves
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