October 12, 2021

Heed His Warning and Prosper in His Plan

Jeremiah 25-30

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Seventy Years of Captivity

The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (that was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of...

Seventy Years of Captivity

The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (that was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: “For twenty-three years, from the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, to this day, the word of the LORD has come to me, and I have spoken persistently to you, but you have not listened. You have neither listened nor inclined your ears to hear, although the LORD persistently sent to you all his servants the prophets, saying, ‘Turn now, every one of you, from his evil way and evil deeds, and dwell upon the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers from of old and forever. Do not go after other gods to serve and worship them, or provoke me to anger with the work of your hands. Then I will do you no harm.’ Yet you have not listened to me, declares the LORD, that you might provoke me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm.

Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: Because you have not obeyed my words, behold, I will send for all the tribes of the north, declares the LORD, and for Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these surrounding nations. I will devote them to destruction, and make them a horror, a hissing, and an everlasting desolation. 10 Moreover, I will banish from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the grinding of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 Then after seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, declares the LORD, making the land an everlasting waste. 13 I will bring upon that land all the words that I have uttered against it, everything written in this book, which Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations. 14 For many nations and great kings shall make slaves even of them, and I will recompense them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.”

The Cup of the LORD's Wrath

15 Thus the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take from my hand this cup of the wine of wrath, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it. 16 They shall drink and stagger and be crazed because of the sword that I am sending among them.”

17 So I took the cup from the LORD's hand, and made all the nations to whom the LORD sent me drink it: 18 Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, its kings and officials, to make them a desolation and a waste, a hissing and a curse, as at this day; 19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, his servants, his officials, all his people, 20 and all the mixed tribes among them; all the kings of the land of Uz and all the kings of the land of the Philistines (Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod); 21 Edom, Moab, and the sons of Ammon; 22 all the kings of Tyre, all the kings of Sidon, and the kings of the coastland across the sea; 23 Dedan, Tema, Buz, and all who cut the corners of their hair; 24 all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the mixed tribes who dwell in the desert; 25 all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of Media; 26 all the kings of the north, far and near, one after another, and all the kingdoms of the world that are on the face of the earth. And after them the king of Babylon 1 shall drink.

27 “Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Drink, be drunk and vomit, fall and rise no more, because of the sword that I am sending among you.’

28 And if they refuse to accept the cup from your hand to drink, then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: You must drink! 29 For behold, I begin to work disaster at the city that is called by my name, and shall you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth, declares the LORD of hosts.’

30 You, therefore, shall prophesy against them all these words, and say to them:

‘The LORD will roar from on high,
    and from his holy habitation utter his voice;
he will roar mightily against his fold,
    and shout, like those who tread grapes,
    against all the inhabitants of the earth.
31  The clamor will resound to the ends of the earth,
    for the LORD has an indictment against the nations;
he is entering into judgment with all flesh,
    and the wicked he will put to the sword,
    declares the LORD.’

32  Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Behold, disaster is going forth
    from nation to nation,
and a great tempest is stirring
    from the farthest parts of the earth!

33 And those pierced by the LORD on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.

34  Wail, you shepherds, and cry out,
    and roll in ashes, you lords of the flock,
for the days of your slaughter and dispersion have come,
    and you shall fall like a choice vessel.
35  No refuge will remain for the shepherds,
    nor escape for the lords of the flock.
36  A voice—the cry of the shepherds,
    and the wail of the lords of the flock!
For the LORD is laying waste their pasture,
37      and the peaceful folds are devastated
    because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
38  Like a lion he has left his lair,
    for their land has become a waste
because of the sword of the oppressor,
    and because of his fierce anger.”

Jeremiah Threatened with Death

In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the LORD: “Thus says the LORD: Stand in the court of the LORD's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah that come to worship in the house of the LORD all the words that I command you to speak to them; do not hold back a word. It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds. You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD: If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law that I have set before you, and to listen to the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you urgently, though you have not listened, then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.’”

The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold of him, saying, “You shall die! Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant’?” And all the people gathered around Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.

10 When the officials of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king's house to the house of the LORD and took their seat in the entry of the New Gate of the house of the LORD. 11 Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.”

12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying, “The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard. 13 Now therefore mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the LORD your God, and the LORD will relent of the disaster that he has pronounced against you. 14 But as for me, behold, I am in your hands. Do with me as seems good and right to you. 15 Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the LORD sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears.”

Jeremiah Spared from Death

16 Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man does not deserve the sentence of death, for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.” 17 And certain of the elders of the land arose and spoke to all the assembled people, saying, 18 “Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and said to all the people of Judah: ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts,

‘Zion shall be plowed as a field;
    Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
    and the mountain of the house a wooded height.’

19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death? Did he not fear the LORD and entreat the favor of the LORD, and did not the LORD relent of the disaster that he had pronounced against them? But we are about to bring great disaster upon ourselves.”

20 There was another man who prophesied in the name of the LORD, Uriah the son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim. He prophesied against this city and against this land in words like those of Jeremiah. 21 And when King Jehoiakim, with all his warriors and all the officials, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death. But when Uriah heard of it, he was afraid and fled and escaped to Egypt. 22 Then King Jehoiakim sent to Egypt certain men, Elnathan the son of Achbor and others with him, 23 and they took Uriah from Egypt and brought him to King Jehoiakim, who struck him down with the sword and dumped his dead body into the burial place of the common people.

24 But the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah so that he was not given over to the people to be put to death.

The Yoke of Nebuchadnezzar

In the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah 2 the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD. Thus the LORD said to me: “Make yourself straps and yoke-bars, and put them on your neck. Send word 3 to the king of Edom, the king of Moab, the king of the sons of Ammon, the king of Tyre, and the king of Sidon by the hand of the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah. Give them this charge for their masters: ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: This is what you shall say to your masters: “It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me. Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, my servant, and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him. All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes. Then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave.

‘“But if any nation or kingdom will not serve this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, I will punish that nation with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, declares the LORD, until I have consumed it by his hand. So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your fortune-tellers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon.’ 10 For it is a lie that they are prophesying to you, with the result that you will be removed far from your land, and I will drive you out, and you will perish. 11 But any nation that will bring its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will leave on its own land, to work it and dwell there, declares the LORD.”’”

12 To Zedekiah king of Judah I spoke in like manner: “Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people and live. 13 Why will you and your people die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, as the LORD has spoken concerning any nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? 14 Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are saying to you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon,’ for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you. 15 I have not sent them, declares the LORD, but they are prophesying falsely in my name, with the result that I will drive you out and you will perish, you and the prophets who are prophesying to you.”

16 Then I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, “Thus says the LORD: Do not listen to the words of your prophets who are prophesying to you, saying, ‘Behold, the vessels of the LORD's house will now shortly be brought back from Babylon,’ for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you. 17 Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon and live. Why should this city become a desolation? 18 If they are prophets, and if the word of the LORD is with them, then let them intercede with the LORD of hosts, that the vessels that are left in the house of the LORD, in the house of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem may not go to Babylon. 19 For thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the pillars, the sea, the stands, and the rest of the vessels that are left in this city, 20 which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon did not take away, when he took into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem— 21 thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels that are left in the house of the LORD, in the house of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem: 22 They shall be carried to Babylon and remain there until the day when I visit them, declares the LORD. Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.”

Hananiah the False Prophet

In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, Hananiah the son of Azzur, the prophet from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the LORD, in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the LORD's house, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. I will also bring back to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the exiles from Judah who went to Babylon, declares the LORD, for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.”

Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Hananiah the prophet in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD, and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the LORD do so; may the LORD make the words that you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the LORD, and all the exiles. Yet hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.”

10 Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke-bars from the neck of Jeremiah the prophet and broke them. 11 And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, “Thus says the LORD: Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all the nations within two years.” But Jeremiah the prophet went his way.

12 Sometime after the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke-bars from off the neck of Jeremiah the prophet, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 13 “Go, tell Hananiah, ‘Thus says the LORD: You have broken wooden bars, but you have made in their place bars of iron. 14 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I have put upon the neck of all these nations an iron yoke to serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they shall serve him, for I have given to him even the beasts of the field.’” 15 And Jeremiah the prophet said to the prophet Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. 16 Therefore thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, I will remove you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have uttered rebellion against the LORD.’”

17 In that same year, in the seventh month, the prophet Hananiah died.

Jeremiah's Letter to the Exiles

These are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders of the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. This was after King Jeconiah and the queen mother, the eunuchs, the officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the metal workers had departed from Jerusalem. The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. It said: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, 4 for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the LORD.

10 For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare 5 and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

15 Because you have said, ‘The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,’ 16 thus says the LORD concerning the king who sits on the throne of David, and concerning all the people who dwell in this city, your kinsmen who did not go out with you into exile: 17 ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, behold, I am sending on them sword, famine, and pestilence, and I will make them like vile figs that are so rotten they cannot be eaten. 18 I will pursue them with sword, famine, and pestilence, and will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, a terror, a hissing, and a reproach among all the nations where I have driven them, 19 because they did not pay attention to my words, declares the LORD, that I persistently sent to you by my servants the prophets, but you would not listen, declares the LORD.’ 20 Hear the word of the LORD, all you exiles whom I sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon: 21 ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying a lie to you in my name: Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall strike them down before your eyes. 22 Because of them this curse shall be used by all the exiles from Judah in Babylon: “The LORD make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire,” 23 because they have done an outrageous thing in Israel, they have committed adultery with their neighbors' wives, and they have spoken in my name lying words that I did not command them. I am the one who knows, and I am witness, declares the LORD.’”

Shemaiah's False Prophecy

24 To Shemaiah of Nehelam you shall say: 25 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: You have sent letters in your name to all the people who are in Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying, 26 ‘The LORD has made you priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, to have charge in the house of the LORD over every madman who prophesies, to put him in the stocks and neck irons. 27 Now why have you not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth who is prophesying to you? 28 For he has sent to us in Babylon, saying, “Your exile will be long; build houses and live in them, and plant gardens and eat their produce.”’”

29 Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the hearing of Jeremiah the prophet. 30 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 31 “Send to all the exiles, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD concerning Shemaiah of Nehelam: Because Shemaiah had prophesied to you when I did not send him, and has made you trust in a lie, 32 therefore thus says the LORD: Behold, I will punish Shemaiah of Nehelam and his descendants. He shall not have anyone living among this people, and he shall not see the good that I will do to my people, declares the LORD, for he has spoken rebellion against the LORD.’”

Restoration for Israel and Judah

The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the LORD, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it.”

These are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah:

“Thus says the LORD:
We have heard a cry of panic,
    of terror, and no peace.
Ask now, and see,
    can a man bear a child?
Why then do I see every man
    with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor?
    Why has every face turned pale?
Alas! That day is so great
    there is none like it;
it is a time of distress for Jacob;
    yet he shall be saved out of it.

And it shall come to pass in that day, declares the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off your neck, and I will burst your bonds, and foreigners shall no more make a servant of him. 6 But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

10  Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the LORD,
    nor be dismayed, O Israel;
for behold, I will save you from far away,
    and your offspring from the land of their captivity.
Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease,
    and none shall make him afraid.
11  For I am with you to save you,
    declares the LORD;
I will make a full end of all the nations
    among whom I scattered you,
    but of you I will not make a full end.
I will discipline you in just measure,
    and I will by no means leave you unpunished.

12  For thus says the LORD:
Your hurt is incurable,
    and your wound is grievous.
13  There is none to uphold your cause,
    no medicine for your wound,
    no healing for you.
14  All your lovers have forgotten you;
    they care nothing for you;
for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy,
    the punishment of a merciless foe,
because your guilt is great,
    because your sins are flagrant.
15  Why do you cry out over your hurt?
    Your pain is incurable.
Because your guilt is great,
    because your sins are flagrant,
    I have done these things to you.
16  Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured,
    and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
those who plunder you shall be plundered,
    and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
17  For I will restore health to you,
    and your wounds I will heal,
    declares the LORD,
because they have called you an outcast:
    ‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’

18  Thus says the LORD:
Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob
    and have compassion on his dwellings;
the city shall be rebuilt on its mound,
    and the palace shall stand where it used to be.
19  Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving,
    and the voices of those who celebrate.
I will multiply them, and they shall not be few;
    I will make them honored, and they shall not be small.
20  Their children shall be as they were of old,
    and their congregation shall be established before me,
    and I will punish all who oppress them.
21  Their prince shall be one of themselves;
    their ruler shall come out from their midst;
I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me,
    for who would dare of himself to approach me?
    declares the LORD.
22  And you shall be my people,
    and I will be your God.”

23  Behold the storm of the LORD!
    Wrath has gone forth,
a whirling tempest;
    it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
24  The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back
    until he has executed and accomplished
    the intentions of his mind.
In the latter days you will understand this.

Footnotes

[1] 25:26 Hebrew Sheshach, a code name for Babylon
[2] 27:1 Or Jehoiakim
[3] 27:3 Hebrew Send them
[4] 29:8 Hebrew your dreams, which you cause to dream
[5] 29:11 Or peace
[6] 30:8 Or serve him

Heed His Warning and Prosper in His Plan



Key Verse | Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Bio | Maddox Linder

Hey, y'all! I'm Maddox, and I am so excited to Journey with y'all today, especially because this passage includes my favorite verse (Jeremiah 29:11)!

First, I am a child of God, but I am also a son to two amazing parents, a twin, a brother to two younger sisters, a drummer, and a lover of music.

My relationship with Christ began when I was young, but as I've grown, I've learned the importance of having an identity in Christ that sets me apart from the world and the importance of perseverance because we are not home yet (Hebrews 13:14)!

Central Truth

It is best for us to obey God and listen to His warnings because He loves us and knows what's best for us. We can be confident that no matter what we face, God plans to provide for us.

Devotional | Jeremiah 25-30

These chapters of Jeremiah open with the prophet Jeremiah warning the people of Judah because they have fallen victim to idolatry and infidelity and have rebelled against God's ways....

These chapters of Jeremiah open with the prophet Jeremiah warning the people of Judah because they have fallen victim to idolatry and infidelity and have rebelled against God's ways. Jeremiah, acting as God's messenger, predicts Judah's exile to Babylon if they continue to turn from God, all while wearing a wooden yoke around his neck to symbolize Judah's eventual slavery to the Babylonians. How strange is that? Anyway, God and Jeremiah were right—the people of Judah kept rebelling, so God handed them over to the Babylonians. 

We as humans act the same way: we continue to rebel against God after countless warnings. However, this is expected. In fact, God already knows when we are going to sin, and He's not surprised when we do. He only asks that we repent and lean on Him for help. God continues to show us mercy because He knows we will never be perfect, but we are expected to repent and pursue a relationship with Him.

Later in chapters 29 and 30, Jeremiah is writing to the exiled Jews and encouraging them to "seek the peace and prosperity of the city" (Jeremiah 29:7, NIV). He tells them that God has a plan for their future and that they must remain diligent and stay loyal to God as well as the Babylonians. Being exiled to a foreign place like Babylon wasn't going to be easy for the Jews, but because of God, they were in good hands. And when they once again seek God with all their heart, God promises the eventual restoration of Israel.

The same is true in our own lives. Even though we face hard times, we can rest easy knowing that it's all part of His master plan. Not only does this mean we have awesome things to look forward to in this life on earth, but we have life with God eternally waiting for us as well. We are not home yet!

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Discussion Questions

1. What are some warnings from God that you are ignoring in your life?

2. How can you remind yourself of God's plan, even in the midst of a struggle or difficult season?

3. What are some ways you can "seek peace and prosperity" with others or act with diligence in your own life?

 

 

11 Comments available

Linda Green 14 days ago

Great devo, Mattox! Love that you are focused on our Home with Jesus (John 14:1-2)! How to have joy in spite of circumstances- seems you have been given wisdom from the Holy Spirit beyond your years.

These chapters were again a hard read, but it’s not like the Israelites hadn’t been warned over and over, even before they entered the Promised Land. In Deuteronomy 28, the blessings for obeying God and the cursings for idolatry were clearly spelled out.

2 Chronicles 36:15-16 is my go to verse when I think God is not fair in the Old Testament. And over and over, God has said He would relent if they would repent from their hearts (Jeremiah 26:13 is one verse of many).

I can’t understand why God has allowed wickedness to flourish, but this verse is comforting: Jeremiah 30:24. One day, God has promised, we will understand.

Michael Scaman 15 days ago

A lot of stunning contrasts. Hope in the midst of pain and suffering. Rachel weeks for her children and yet there is a future and a hope, Jer 31:15,16

And hope in a new covenant Jew 31:31-34 Jer 32:40 The New Covenant goes along with Jer 23:6 Judah will be saved and there is a title ADONAI TZIDKENU: The Lord is our Righteousness. Also a new heart Jer 24:7 to know God.

Greg Jones 16 days ago

1/1

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."Jeremiah29:11

On, my refrigerator.

“And those pierced by the Lord on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.”Jeremiah25:33

In, my refrigerator.

Jeremiah’s words aren’t received well. Jeremiah26:1-10

“He deserves death”Jeremiah26:11

After debate and looking back on the prophet Micah/king Hezekiah it’s decided Jeremiah has prophesied well Jeremiah26:16-19. This reasoning and history explains well why the false prophet Hananiah is popular over Jeremiah chapters 27&28. This all leads into the exile letter.

Greg Jones 16 days ago

2/2 “[Then] you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.”Jeremiah29:12

Then is a future tense that will come with a history. Jeremiah 29:11 is part of the history, as is 25:33, as are false prophets. This leads back to my refrigerator.

“I will make them like vile figs that are so rotten they cannot be eaten”Jeremiah29:17.

25:33,29:11,29:17 I don’t read as explaining how God rewards or punishes people depending on how he feels about them. I read it more in terms of how a refinement process that transforms man made in God’s image is being revealed to the world through his people.

29:11 as prosperity not in need of a refinement is blunted by a close reading of Jeremiah29:15-23 and Daniel3:1-25.

Then, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were summoned to worship, and God heard their prayer.

Sue Bohlin 16 days ago

Thank you, Maddox!

I was deeply struck by the similarity between Jeremiah’s time and ours. There were false prophets and other people declaring lies and deceptions in that time, giving false reassurances. Today we are barraged by a multitude of narratives at odds with each other. Disinformation battles with suppression of true information, and how are we supposed to know what’s true?

In Jeremiah’s time, people needed to seek the Lord and listen to His voice. So do we.

Hugh Stephenson 16 days ago

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That’s when the whispers started.

“Hey Hugh…there’s more. I have more for you. You think you know me but there is way, way more I have for you. Plans. Big plans. I am going to show you things. Work through John’s book.”

Wow. It turns out my addictions have turned up in “Haste, Hurry, Hustle”. H3, I call it. Multitasking. Fused to my iPhone, texts and email. Constant activity. Consequently, I have no real idea of Sabbath or rest. As a teacher point out- that means I don’t really trust God’s provision for me.

John Mark Comer and Jeff Bethke blessed me.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fight-hustle-end-hurry/id1480300467

Result?

I’m Convicted. Guilty.

10/12 is day 58.

Freedom started day 1.

Hugh Stephenson 16 days ago

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Q1-Q3 In August my CG guys decided to work through John Elmore’s book, FREEDOM STARTS TODAY. Initially, my pride was whispering to me, “Really? After three times through re:gen with the last two as a leader? Nine years in Prodigal which means 17 times through a 20 lesson curriculum? Years Co-leading Forgotten Fathers?

Really Hugh?

Yet, I knew there was more for me. I knew there were plans for me that were not evident at that moment in time.

One of my daily prayers is the “What’s Next?” prayer.

Amy and I have had 9 years of ups and downs – but with some recent seasons of quiet and rest. What a gift those have been.

The latest season of change and upheaval has been a “final, final downsize”. Really tumultuous with gigantic amounts of change, stress, and chaos. By this summer we had completed the transition.

Hugh Stephenson 16 days ago

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GM Maddox. Love your title. Great reminder: Heed and Prosper. Love Jeremiah 29. The whole chapter.

Among my favorite passages is verses 12-14:

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, band I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.”

Michael Scaman 18 days ago

Jesus flips the script taking what God repeatedly said Jer 25:4 Jer 26:5 Jer 35:15 restating it in the 1st person.

Jesus takes what God said in Jer 25:4 that in the wisdom of God, I (God) will send some prophets who will be improsoned and rejected and killed Luke 11:49 and applies it to Himself in Matthew 23:34, saying it in 1st person as “I (Jesus) send you prophets and I send you teachers some you will imprison and some crucify”

An claim of divinity that didn’t sit well with lawyers or pharisees of the day who heard it.

The hearers probably picked up on that more than we do.

Michael Scaman 18 days ago

Jesus refers to a part of Jeremiah here as God in His wisdom speaking referring to Jer 25:4 Jer 26:5 Jer 35:15 in Luke 11:49 and Matthew 23:34

In the wisdom of God God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’

God ‘in his wisdom’ sent servants who would be mistreated

Michael Scaman 21 days ago

The parable of the good and bad figs continues from earlier in Jeremiah continues. God has plans of welfare and not of calamity for those in the uncomfortable position of being carried off to Babylon in exile. God had plans very different for the bad fruit left in Jerusalem. They appear safer but are not.

Jeremiah 29:11 has some plans of welfare and not clear who it applies and doesn’t apply to today. There is a better promise coming in Jeremiah and it applies to all in the New Covenant in Jeremiah 32:40. “I will not turn from doing them good” is like an Old Testament version of Romans 8:28.

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