October 15, 2021

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Jeremiah 43-48

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Jeremiah Taken to Egypt

When Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people all these words of the LORD their God, with which the LORD their God had sent him to them, Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan...

Jeremiah Taken to Egypt

When Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people all these words of the LORD their God, with which the LORD their God had sent him to them, Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah, “You are telling a lie. The LORD our God did not send you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to live there,’ but Baruch the son of Neriah has set you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may kill us or take us into exile in Babylon.” So Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces and all the people did not obey the voice of the LORD, to remain in the land of Judah. But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces took all the remnant of Judah who had returned to live in the land of Judah from all the nations to which they had been driven— the men, the women, the children, the princesses, and every person whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan; also Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch the son of Neriah. And they came into the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the LORD. And they arrived at Tahpanhes.

Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes: “Take in your hands large stones and hide them in the mortar in the pavement that is at the entrance to Pharaoh's palace in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah, 10 and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will set his throne above these stones that I have hidden, and he will spread his royal canopy over them. 11 He shall come and strike the land of Egypt, giving over to the pestilence those who are doomed to the pestilence, to captivity those who are doomed to captivity, and to the sword those who are doomed to the sword. 12 I shall kindle a fire in the temples of the gods of Egypt, and he shall burn them and carry them away captive. And he shall clean the land of Egypt as a shepherd cleans his cloak of vermin, and he shall go away from there in peace. 13 He shall break the obelisks of Heliopolis, which is in the land of Egypt, and the temples of the gods of Egypt he shall burn with fire.’”

Judgment for Idolatry

The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Judeans who lived in the land of Egypt, at Migdol, at Tahpanhes, at Memphis, and in the land of Pathros, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: You have seen all the disaster that I brought upon Jerusalem and upon all the cities of Judah. Behold, this day they are a desolation, and no one dwells in them, because of the evil that they committed, provoking me to anger, in that they went to make offerings and serve other gods that they knew not, neither they, nor you, nor your fathers. Yet I persistently sent to you all my servants the prophets, saying, ‘Oh, do not do this abomination that I hate!’ But they did not listen or incline their ear, to turn from their evil and make no offerings to other gods. Therefore my wrath and my anger were poured out and kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, and they became a waste and a desolation, as at this day. And now thus says the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel: Why do you commit this great evil against yourselves, to cut off from you man and woman, infant and child, from the midst of Judah, leaving you no remnant? Why do you provoke me to anger with the works of your hands, making offerings to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have come to live, so that you may be cut off and become a curse and a taunt among all the nations of the earth? Have you forgotten the evil of your fathers, the evil of the kings of Judah, the evil of their 1 wives, your own evil, and the evil of your wives, which they committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 10 They have not humbled themselves even to this day, nor have they feared, nor walked in my law and my statutes that I set before you and before your fathers.

11 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will set my face against you for harm, to cut off all Judah. 12 I will take the remnant of Judah who have set their faces to come to the land of Egypt to live, and they shall all be consumed. In the land of Egypt they shall fall; by the sword and by famine they shall be consumed. From the least to the greatest, they shall die by the sword and by famine, and they shall become an oath, a horror, a curse, and a taunt. 13 I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, 14 so that none of the remnant of Judah who have come to live in the land of Egypt shall escape or survive or return to the land of Judah, to which they desire to return to dwell there. For they shall not return, except some fugitives.”

15 Then all the men who knew that their wives had made offerings to other gods, and all the women who stood by, a great assembly, all the people who lived in Pathros in the land of Egypt, answered Jeremiah: 16 “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, we will not listen to you. 17 But we will do everything that we have vowed, make offerings to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we did, both we and our fathers, our kings and our officials, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no disaster. 18 But since we left off making offerings to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.” 19 And the women said, 2 “When we made offerings to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands' approval that we made cakes for her bearing her image and poured out drink offerings to her?”

20 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, men and women, all the people who had given him this answer: 21 “As for the offerings that you offered in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your officials, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them? Did it not come into his mind? 22 The LORD could no longer bear your evil deeds and the abominations that you committed. Therefore your land has become a desolation and a waste and a curse, without inhabitant, as it is this day. 23 It is because you made offerings and because you sinned against the LORD and did not obey the voice of the LORD or walk in his law and in his statutes and in his testimonies that this disaster has happened to you, as at this day.”

24 Jeremiah said to all the people and all the women, “Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who are in the land of Egypt. 25 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: You and your wives have declared with your mouths, and have fulfilled it with your hands, saying, ‘We will surely perform our vows that we have made, to make offerings to the queen of heaven and to pour out drink offerings to her.’ Then confirm your vows and perform your vows! 26 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by my great name, says the LORD, that my name shall no more be invoked by the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, ‘As the Lord LORD lives.’ 27 Behold, I am watching over them for disaster and not for good. All the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, until there is an end of them. 28 And those who escape the sword shall return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah, few in number; and all the remnant of Judah, who came to the land of Egypt to live, shall know whose word will stand, mine or theirs. 29 This shall be the sign to you, declares the LORD, that I will punish you in this place, in order that you may know that my words will surely stand against you for harm: 30 Thus says the LORD, Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies and into the hand of those who seek his life, as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who was his enemy and sought his life.”

Message to Baruch

The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a book at the dictation of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch: You said, ‘Woe is me! For the LORD has added sorrow to my pain. I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.’ Thus shall you say to him, Thus says the LORD: Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up—that is, the whole land. And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the LORD. But I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go.”

Judgment on Egypt

The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations.

About Egypt. Concerning the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates at Carchemish and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:

“Prepare buckler and shield,
    and advance for battle!
Harness the horses;
    mount, O horsemen!
Take your stations with your helmets,
    polish your spears,
    put on your armor!
Why have I seen it?
They are dismayed
    and have turned backward.
Their warriors are beaten down
    and have fled in haste;
they look not back—
    terror on every side!
    declares the LORD.

The swift cannot flee away,
    nor the warrior escape;
in the north by the river Euphrates
    they have stumbled and fallen.

Who is this, rising like the Nile,
    like rivers whose waters surge?
Egypt rises like the Nile,
    like rivers whose waters surge.
He said, ‘I will rise, I will cover the earth,
    I will destroy cities and their inhabitants.’
Advance, O horses,
    and rage, O chariots!
Let the warriors go out:
    men of Cush and Put who handle the shield,
    men of Lud, skilled in handling the bow.
10  That day is the day of the Lord LORD of hosts,
    a day of vengeance,
    to avenge himself on his foes.
The sword shall devour and be sated
    and drink its fill of their blood.
For the Lord LORD of hosts holds a sacrifice
    in the north country by the river Euphrates.
11  Go up to Gilead, and take balm,
    O virgin daughter of Egypt!
In vain you have used many medicines;
    there is no healing for you.
12  The nations have heard of your shame,
    and the earth is full of your cry;
for warrior has stumbled against warrior;
    they have both fallen together.”

13 The word that the LORD spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to strike the land of Egypt:

14  “Declare in Egypt, and proclaim in Migdol;
    proclaim in Memphis and Tahpanhes;
say, ‘Stand ready and be prepared,
    for the sword shall devour around you.’
15  Why are your mighty ones face down?
    They do not stand 3
    because the LORD thrust them down.
16  He made many stumble, and they fell,
    and they said one to another,
‘Arise, and let us go back to our own people
    and to the land of our birth,
    because of the sword of the oppressor.’
17  Call the name of Pharaoh, king of Egypt,
    ‘Noisy one who lets the hour go by.’

18  As I live, declares the King,
    whose name is the LORD of hosts,
like Tabor among the mountains
    and like Carmel by the sea, shall one come.
19  Prepare yourselves baggage for exile,
    O inhabitants of Egypt!
For Memphis shall become a waste,
    a ruin, without inhabitant.

20  A beautiful heifer is Egypt,
    but a biting fly from the north has come upon her.
21  Even her hired soldiers in her midst
    are like fattened calves;
yes, they have turned and fled together;
    they did not stand,
for the day of their calamity has come upon them,
    the time of their punishment.

22  She makes a sound like a serpent gliding away;
    for her enemies march in force
and come against her with axes
    like those who fell trees.
23  They shall cut down her forest,
    declares the LORD,
    though it is impenetrable,
because they are more numerous than locusts;
    they are without number.
24  The daughter of Egypt shall be put to shame;
    she shall be delivered into the hand of a people from the north.”

25 The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, said: “Behold, I am bringing punishment upon Amon of Thebes, and Pharaoh and Egypt and her gods and her kings, upon Pharaoh and those who trust in him. 26 I will deliver them into the hand of those who seek their life, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. Afterward Egypt shall be inhabited as in the days of old, declares the LORD.

27  But fear not, O Jacob my servant,
    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.
28  Fear not, O Jacob my servant,
    declares the LORD,
    for I am with you.
I will make a full end of all the nations
    to which I have driven 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.”

Judgment on the Philistines

The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh struck down Gaza.

“Thus says the LORD:
Behold, waters are rising out of the north,
    and shall become an overflowing torrent;
they shall overflow the land and all that fills it,
    the city and those who dwell in it.
Men shall cry out,
    and every inhabitant of the land shall wail.
At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions,
    at the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels,
the fathers look not back to their children,
    so feeble are their hands,
because of the day that is coming to destroy
    all the Philistines,
to cut off from Tyre and Sidon
    every helper that remains.
For the LORD is destroying the Philistines,
    the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.
Baldness has come upon Gaza;
    Ashkelon has perished.
O remnant of their valley,
    how long will you gash yourselves?
Ah, sword of the LORD!
    How long till you are quiet?
Put yourself into your scabbard;
    rest and be still!
How can it 4 be quiet
    when the LORD has given it a charge?
Against Ashkelon and against the seashore
    he has appointed it.”

Judgment on Moab

Concerning Moab.

Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

“Woe to Nebo, for it is laid waste!
    Kiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken;
the fortress is put to shame and broken down;
    the renown of Moab is no more.
In Heshbon they planned disaster against her:
    ‘Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!’
You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence;
    the sword shall pursue you.

A voice! A cry from Horonaim,
    ‘Desolation and great destruction!’
Moab is destroyed;
    her little ones have made a cry.
For at the ascent of Luhith
    they go up weeping; 5
for at the descent of Horonaim
    they have heard the distressed cry 6 of destruction.
Flee! Save yourselves!
    You will be like a juniper in the desert!
For, because you trusted in your works and your treasures,
    you also shall be taken;
and Chemosh shall go into exile
    with his priests and his officials.
The destroyer shall come upon every city,
    and no city shall escape;
the valley shall perish,
    and the plain shall be destroyed,
    as the LORD has spoken.

Give wings to Moab,
    for she would fly away;
her cities shall become a desolation,
    with no inhabitant in them.

10 Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.

11  Moab has been at ease from his youth
    and has settled on his dregs;
he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,
    nor has he gone into exile;
so his taste remains in him,
    and his scent is not changed.

12 Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I shall send to him pourers who will pour him, and empty his vessels and break his 7 jars in pieces. 13 Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence.

14  How do you say, ‘We are heroes
    and mighty men of war’?
15  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.
16  The calamity of Moab is near at hand,
    and his affliction hastens swiftly.
17  Grieve for him, all you who are around him,
    and all who know his name;
say, ‘How the mighty scepter is broken,
    the glorious staff.’

18  Come down from your glory,
    and sit on the parched ground,
    O inhabitant of Dibon!
For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you;
    he has destroyed your strongholds.
19  Stand by the way and watch,
    O inhabitant of Aroer!
Ask him who flees and her who escapes;
    say, ‘What has happened?’
20  Moab is put to shame, for it is broken;
    wail and cry!
Tell it beside the Arnon,
    that Moab is laid waste.

21 Judgment has come upon the tableland, upon Holon, and Jahzah, and Mephaath, 22 and Dibon, and Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim, 23 and Kiriathaim, and Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon, 24 and Kerioth, and Bozrah, and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near. 25 The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, declares the LORD.

26 Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against the LORD, so that Moab shall wallow in his vomit, and he too shall be held in derision. 27 Was not Israel a derision to you? Was he found among thieves, that whenever you spoke of him you wagged your head?

28  Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock,
    O inhabitants of Moab!
Be like the dove that nests
    in the sides of the mouth of a gorge.
29  We have heard of the pride of Moab—
    he is very proud—
of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance,
    and the haughtiness of his heart.
30  I know his insolence, declares the LORD;
    his boasts are false,
    his deeds are false.
31  Therefore I wail for Moab;
    I cry out for all Moab;
    for the men of Kir-hareseth I mourn.
32  More than for Jazer I weep for you,
    O vine of Sibmah!
Your branches passed over the sea,
    reached to the Sea of Jazer;
on your summer fruits and your grapes
    the destroyer has fallen.
33  Gladness and joy have been taken away
    from the fruitful land of Moab;
I have made the wine cease from the winepresses;
    no one treads them with shouts of joy;
    the shouting is not the shout of joy.

34 From the outcry at Heshbon even to Elealeh, as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. For the waters of Nimrim also have become desolate. 35 And I will bring to an end in Moab, declares the LORD, him who offers sacrifice in the high place and makes offerings to his god. 36 Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the men of Kir-hareseth. Therefore the riches they gained have perished.

37 For every head is shaved and every beard cut off. On all the hands are gashes, and around the waist is sackcloth. 38 On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation, for I have broken Moab like a vessel for which no one cares, declares the LORD. 39 How it is broken! How they wail! How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab has become a derision and a horror to all that are around him.”

40  For thus says the LORD:
“Behold, one shall fly swiftly like an eagle
    and spread his wings against Moab;
41  the cities shall be taken
    and the strongholds seized.
The heart of the warriors of Moab shall be in that day
    like the heart of a woman in her birth pains;
42  Moab shall be destroyed and be no longer a people,
    because he magnified himself against the LORD.
43  Terror, pit, and snare
    are before you, O inhabitant of Moab!
    declares the LORD.
44  He who flees from the terror
    shall fall into the pit,
and he who climbs out of the pit
    shall be caught in the snare.
For I will bring these things upon Moab,
    the year of their punishment,
    declares the LORD.

45  In the shadow of Heshbon
    fugitives stop without strength,
for fire came out from Heshbon,
    flame from the house of Sihon;
it has destroyed the forehead of Moab,
    the crown of the sons of tumult.
46  Woe to you, O Moab!
    The people of Chemosh are undone,
for your sons have been taken captive,
    and your daughters into captivity.
47  Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab
    in the latter days, declares the LORD.”
Thus far is the judgment on Moab.

Footnotes

[1] 44:9 Hebrew his
[2] 44:19 Compare Syriac; Hebrew lacks And the women said
[3] 46:15 Hebrew He does not stand
[4] 47:7 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew you
[5] 48:5 Hebrew weeping goes up with weeping
[6] 48:5 Septuagint (compare Isaiah 15:5) heard the cry
[7] 48:12 Septuagint, Aquila; Hebrew their

Put That Down!



Key Verse | Jeremiah 44:8

"Why do you provoke me to anger with the works of your hands, making offerings to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have come to live, so that you may be cut off and become a curse and a taunt among all the nations of the earth?"

Bio | Cameron Kroese

Good morning, Journeyers!

My name is Cameron. Dallas native, husband to Ashley, father to Camden, and recovering perfectionist and people-pleaser.

This time of year, you can find me serving in Summit, the Watermark men's Bible study, or consuming way too much OU football (Boomer!).

God's grace has radically transformed my life, and it's a pleasure to be diving into His Word with you today!

Let's go!

Central Truth

We place idols where God should be instead. We provoke Him to anger, because He loves us and wants the best for us.

 

 

Devotional | Jeremiah 43-48

As I write this, our son Camden is entering his toddler years. He wants to touch, grab, and inspect EVERYTHING he sees. My wife and I constantly have to remind him, "Let's not touch...

As I write this, our son Camden is entering his toddler years. He wants to touch, grab, and inspect EVERYTHING he sees. My wife and I constantly have to remind him, "Let's not touch that," "let's put that down," and "be careful!"

What a great example of how God must feel when we conjure up our latest and greatest idol—be it the new car, the new house, the promotion at work, how our peers view us, or whatever else it might be. We want to touch, grab, and chase all these things we believe will bring us life, when in reality, all they are is counterfeit. There will always be a better car, a better house, a better job, and better status. It's a house of cards that will always leave us wanting more.

Truly, this is what must grieve God's heart the most. We are placing idols in the place where He should be instead. We provoke Him to anger, because He loves us and wants the best for us. Earlier in the passage, God pleads with the Judeans, "Yet I persistently sent to you all my servants the prophets, saying, 'Oh, do not do this abomination that I hate!'" (Jeremiah 44:4) God knows that our counterfeit idols are broken cisterns (Jeremiah 2:13), and that only through Him will we find living water for our souls (John 4:14).

Sadly, the Judeans did not listen. They refused to humble themselves and turn from their broken ways. They refused to walk in God's Law that He set before them. Because of this, they were cut off and destroyed.

Today, we might not face immediate harm from the idols we worship. That new car might not, by itself, be the thing that unravels us. But we should be concerned if it's something that causes us to drift farther from God and His plan for our lives.

Friends, let's put down these counterfeit, broken cisterns we so often chase and trade up to the living water that God so genuinely wants us to enjoy!

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Discussion Questions

1. What are some examples of "broken cisterns" or idols that you are currently chasing? Why are you chasing these things?

2. Have you put your trust in God and discovered that His living water is better? If not, what is a tangible way you could take this step?

3. What are some ways you (or your community group) can help with accountability in these areas?

4. Pray that the Holy Spirit (the Helper) would give you wisdom and guidance as you examine your heart.

8 Comments available

Michael Scaman 11 days ago

Jeremiah and Lamentation are similar in that in some of the worse judgement we are reminded God does mercy and lovingkindess in the world Jer 9:24 and His mercies are even new every morning Lam 3:23, telling us we can always look to and hope in the future grace in the midst of real difficulties.

Michael Scaman 11 days ago

Jeremiah seems to be heavy on repentance God will build up people and nations who repent and tear down those who do not. Problem is Jer 17:9 ‘The heart of man is deceitful above all things who can know it.’

The ultimate repentance is in the change of heart in the New covenant where Jer 32:40 ‘You will not turn from following me’ and also 'the one who boasts can boast that they know Me" Jeremiah 9:24 But these are things that require a work of God opening eyes, cha

Sue Bohlin 13 days ago

Thanks so much, Cameron! Great connection between your toddler’s moves from one new thing to another, and the way our hearts are a continual idol factory.

I was struck in chapter 48 by God’s amazing compassion and grace toward Moab even when He was causing judgment to fall on them. “So now I wail for Moab, yes, I will mourn for Moab. My heart is broken for the men of Kir-hareseth.” And then, as Hugh pointed out, God promises to restore their fortunes, just He promised to Israel. It’s so easy to breeze right by these expressions of His love and compassion and focus on His hammer. But it’s all important.

Linda Green 13 days ago

Great title, Cameron, and a great devo- just kept thinking Yes! My heart wants to be an idol factory.

Tim Keller’s “Counterfeit Gods” has helped me recognize that small fire of excitement when I begin to elevate something to idol status. And see every idol for what it will become- a bitter disappointment.

Jeremiah 42 belongs with today’s verses. I stumbled onto chapters 42 and 43 when struggling with something I knew God was telling me to do, but I wanted to do the opposite. God sometimes asks us to do something that doesn’t make any sense to us.

The remnant that returned to Judah after it was conquered by Nebuchadnezzar wanted to flee to Egypt. They asked Jeremiah to ask the Lord for them, but then did the exact opposite of what Jeremiah told them the Lord had said- to stay put.

So many parallels in my life.

Hugh Stephenson 13 days ago

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What has come to strike me is not the certainly and severity of judgment but the overwhelming mercy of God that grants forbearance. And not only that but that He grants provision, protection, and presence all the while!

Here is a crazy truth: In Jeremiah 48:47, after a long and detailed account of the judgement that will befall Moab, God makes the same promise that he makes to Judah in Jeremiah 29:14!!

What an incredible statement about the love of God.

Hugh Stephenson 13 days ago

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GM Cameron. Love your Central Truth as a simple truth. Well said.

Also love your Key Verse. To the “why” questions a good friend has a great answer – “We’re sinners. It’s what we do”.

These passages lead me back into reflecting on two truths:

1- The certainty of judgement

2- The promise of blessing

I am told the #1 issue in Great Questions, (Monday 7:30), is some version of:

“Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “Why do good things happen to bad people?”

When I talk to people about this question everyone wants the wrongdoers to be held accountable for their wrongs.

But many of these people don’t like the judgement of God they read in the Bible.

Awhile back I read this famous Jonathan Edwards sermon

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/edwards_jonathan/Sermons/Sinners.cfm

#wakeupcall

Michael Scaman 14 days ago

Ealier in Jer 20:7, Jeremiah out of grief told God 'you decieved me and I was decieved. Not Jeremiah is falsely accused of being a liar after speaking the truth Jer 43:2.

The Jews were never supposed to return to Egypt and yet they wanted to go. The uncertainty of the times and the assacination of the governor of Jerusalem, Gedaliah by a man and his group ironically named Ishmael left everyone fearful rather than trustful in God.

Michael Scaman 14 days ago

A good exhortation to Baruch from God!

Jer 39:16 I will fulfill my words against this city for harm and not for good, also Jer 44:11 Jer 44:29 and Jer 45:5 Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.’”

Also an example of how Jer 29:11 is not immediately applying to all people for all times, rather “I will bring disaster on all the peoples”

The best example of good is I will never turn from you doing good in Jer 32:40 in the New Covenant (John Piper’s favorite verse)

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