Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 14-17
God brought droughts on Judah and they half-heartily repented. God’s response was to not accept them, remember their iniquity, and punish their sins by the sword, famine, and pestilence. Jeremiah reported the words of the false prophets to God. God said they would die by the sword and famine they were denying.
Judah wept over the coming judgment and asked God to not despise and disgrace them.
The Lord told Jeremiah that even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before Him, His heart would not be with this people. He appointed a terrible destruction over them.
God told Jeremiah He would protect him.
God commanded Jeremiah to not take a wife or to father children because they would die. God told him not to enter the house of mourning, because God had withdrawn His peace, lovingkindness, and compassion from this people. Jeremiah was also commanded to not feast with others, because God would eliminate rejoicing and gladness.
God made a wonderful promise of restoration after the judgment and He would make a zealous pursuit of His people.
People from all over the world (Gentiles) will know that He is the Lord.
Because of Judah’s sin, God’s anger burned against them and they would become servants to their enemies. Cursed is the man whose heart turns away from the Lord, but blessed is the man whose trust is in the Lord.
Jeremiah prayed for deliverance and protection.
Jeremiah delivered the message to the people to obey God’s command of the Sabbath. If they would obey this command, their city would be inhabited forever. If they did not keep the sabbath day holy, God would kindle a fire that would devour the palaces of Jerusalem and it would not be quenched.
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