Week 43 Day 6
Friday (Jeremiah 23 – 33)
Jeremiah delivered the angry observation of God that the religious leaders were failing His people “They were supposed to watch over my people like shepherds watch over their sheep. But they are causing my people to be destroyed and scattered.”
Jeremiah was threatened by the political and religious leaders, even put on trial, but one key leader used his influence to protect him.
Jeremiah was challenged by the false prophets but he challenged them right back in the authority of the Lord.
He prophesied that – after 75 years in Babylon – God would also rescue the people who were His, and that He would destroy any who troubled them.
He prophesied that there would be a new covenant where “… each person will die for his own sins.” and knowledge of the Lord would be individualized “I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be my people.” and all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”
Rebellious religious leaders generally represent a rebellious people and that is why the people were not innocent when God condemned the apostate leaders. In the midst of chronic rebellion the Lord still sought a reason for hope among the exiles in Babylon. The Lord would rescue contrite and repentant people.
When have you been in a difficult situation and realized that the only way out was to turn fully away from your heart-condition (repent) and to surrender to the Lordship of Christ?
When have you been faced with a lengthy wait to accomplish or to be liberated and found yourself tempted by potential short-cuts?
When have you been troubled and it was only the Lord’s promise of Heaven that could bring you certain joy?
Dear Lord, Your great plan included a purge and punishment of Israel and Judah and a desire to rescue and restore those whose hearts had turned toward You. May I be careful to keep my eyes and heart on You so that I do not require Your discipline. Please reveal where I need to make changes in my parenting, dealing with family and friends, in the classroom or the workplace, or in some other context. Amen. dmc2016