Today’s Scripture: Jeremiah 37-41
Things to remember in today’s reading:
- Jerusalem’s last days:
- Jeremiah warns Zedekiah that the Chaldeans are going to capture and burn Jerusalem.
- Jeremiah is imprisoned then cast into a cistern because of his prediction.
- Jeremiah is rescued from the cistern and warns Zedkiah again.
- The fall of Jerusalem fulfills Jeremiah’s prediction.
- The Lord delivers Jeremiah
- Judah’s futile rebellion against Babylon, against God’s will:
- Jeremiah remains in Judah after the destruction of Jerusalem.
- Gedeliah, Babylon’s Governor of Judah is murdered.
- Hostages, taken during Gedeliah’s assassination, are rescued.
Things God is teaching me in today’s reading:
- Great cities and great nations have their rise and fall in the course of history.
- It may be hard for us to imagine the depths of the corruption and apostasy during the days of Jeremiah, just as it may be hard for us to realize the full force of the discovery of the copy of the book of the law (2nd Chronicles 34:14-33).
- Throughout history God has called for men and women of faith to stand up for truth and justice and to sound a clear call to repentance!
Things to act on in today’s reading:
- I will try to develop a greater awareness of today’s societal issues and the role that I can play, as a Christian, in molding godly responses to them.
- Observing the good influence that Jeremiah was in aiding the young king Josiah to “seek the God of David his father” (2nd Chronicles 34:3), I will seek to mentor young people as I have opportunity!
Things to pray about in today’s reading:
- Lord, please guide the political leaders of our day to have the spirit of a Josiah and the religious leaders a spirit of a Jeremiah!
- Lord, please help me to have a courage like Jeremiah to declare your judgments (Jeremiah 38:20-21) and a love like Jesus to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10)
Thanks for reading with me dear friend. Have a blessed day!!
— Randy Sexton