Jeremiah 49-51; Psalm 137
“He made the earth by his power, established the world by his wisdom, and spread the heavens by his understanding.” Jeremiah 51:15
Today we read about God’s prophecies, through Jeremiah, over the nations. God is the Creator of the earth and all of the nations. He still holds the same power over the nations today. The end of Psalm 137 is a prayer that asks the Lord to remember the works of the Lord’s enemies. Those enemies, and their works, are represented by the “Edomites” and “daughter of Babylon.”
Express trust in the Lord as Judge of the nations. Express trust in the Lord as the Sovereign One over the nations. In our world of evil thank the Lord that He is in control and that He is bringing history to His desired end. Thank the Lord that He is just.
“….but I will grant you your life like the spoils of war wherever you go.” Jeremiah 45:5b
Jeremiah 45 reveals something very rare. Jeremiah dictates the Word of the Lord to Baruch, his secretary. In this short chapter God speaks directly to Baruch who was struggling with the difficult events of the day. God guides Baruch to stop seeking personal fame and ease of life because it’s going to get worse. God promises disaster for the surrounding countries (Jeremiah 47-48). But in the midst of this bad news God provides comfort to Baruch, telling him that He will spare his life. This was a great promise in the middle of such difficult times.
Like Baruch, are in the middle of difficult times? Like Baruch, you are seeking personal fame and ease of life? Pray about these things to the Lord today and seek Him above all.
Obadiah; Psalms 82-83
“Rise up, God judge the earth, for all the nations belong to you.” Psalm 82:8
Even though it comes with a powerful punch, the book of Obadiah is easy to miss. Obadiah is a book about God’s Kingly justice executed upon the people of the earth. The Edomites were descendants of Esau, the brother of Jacob. When the Babylonians destroyed Judah, Edom gloated and took advantage. God declared that Judah would be restored and Edom would be destroyed. We also see from today’s Psalms that God will bring justice upon those who are evil.
Ask the Lord to bring justice to places where evil and oppression covers the earth. Ask the Lord to reveal to you how you might be able to be used by Him to “rescue the poor and needy” (Psalm 82:4).
“So Johanan son of Kareah, all the commanders of the armies, and all the people failed to obey the Lord’s command to stay in the land of Judah.” Jeremiah 43:4
Johanan, some commanders of the army, and others he rescued planned to flee to Egypt. Before going to Egypt they asked Jeremiah to pray to the Lord to give them direction on what to do and where to go. They said they would obey the Lord, but they already had their minds made up. So, they chose to disobey God when He told them not to go to Egypt but, instead, to stay and trust Him.
What about you? How deep is your commitment to the Word of God? Will you choose to obey the Word of the Lord or do you already have your mind made up?
2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36:1-21; Jeremiah 52
“Because of the Lord’s anger, it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he finally banished them from his presence…” 2 Kings 24:20a
The exile of God’s people highlights the consequences of our sins. The greatest consequence is unavoidable, separation from God. Today’s reading reveals that our sin separates us from our perfectly holy Lord (2 Kings 24:20). Yet the Lord continually draws us back to Him with compassion and grace.
Are you choosing to do what is evil in the Lord’s sight like Jehoiakim and Zedekiah?
Take some time to seek the Lord in prayer. Praise Him for His compassion and grace. Confess any sin in your heart today.
Jeremiah 38-40; Psalm 74; 79
“God of our salvation, help us – for the glory of your name. Rescue us and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake.” Psalm 79:9
The psalms in today’s reading lament the stage of God’s people due to their sin. The details of the fall and destruction of Jerusalem are recorded in the portion of today’s reading found in Jeremiah. Their land was invaded and destroyed. They cried out to the Lord for help. This another good time within the story of Scripture to remember our own need for rescue and redemption. We need to take our sin very seriously and keep ourselves in step with the Spirit. Our hearts must remain ready to hear from the Lord and seek Him.
What is the state of your heart today? Take a minute to confess the sin in your heart and seek forgiveness from God your Father.
“In those days and at that time I will cause a Righteous Branch to sprout up for Davi, and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land.” Jeremiah 33:15
Even though judgement was coming God had a plan of restoration and redemption for His people. A Righteous Branch would sprout up from line of king David. This would be King Jesus. Jesus would come and fulfill this prophecy spoken by Jeremiah.
Praise King Jesus today for redeeming you!
Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.” Ask the Lord to reveal these things to you today.