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Jeremiah 20 [Read]
Jeremiah 21 [Read]
Jeremiah 22 [Read]
2 Timothy 1 [Read]
Reading Prophets makes heavy my heart, especially the book of Jeremiah, for the prophet seems always declaring God’s judgments to his people. Such is the time we pray for a humble heart, so the spirit may help us glean some treasures in unexpected places. Here are a few I notice.
It’s not easy to be a servant of God. Jeremiah was beaten and put in the stocks (Jer 20:2), and he was ridiculed and mocked by everyone (20:7). The powerful leaders were against him, and he was surrounded by “terror on every side” (20:10). But men may see themselves as Magor-Missabib (20:3), creating terror on others around them, it is the LORD who is the true “mighty terrible one” (20:11, KJV). We may face terrible situation in our life caused by the worldly power, but the truly mighty one is always with us. “Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD!” (20:13). He shall deliver his people from all terror.
God’s way of deliverance may not be what we expected, though. God told King Zedekiah that the Babylonians would come to attack the city of Jerusalem (21:7), and many would perish as a result of God’s judgment. Instead of beseeching for mercy to reverse the situation, Jeremiah told the people to surrender to their enemy so they may live (21:9). It was not a time to call on God to save them through victory, but a time to submit to God’s will and accept the defeat. It’s a time to be purged through suffering, so the remnant could start over again. God’s way may seem like defeat sometimes, but a submissive spirit of his people will always bring God’s true will to fruition.
Even in desperation we can still have hope. “For if you will indeed obey this word, then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people” (22:4, ESV). Defeat and exile are not the end of God’s plan, and there is always a future as long as his people “indeed obey this word”. The Hebrew grammar here indicates a sincere, wholehearted, true obedience, not something superficial or with hidden agenda. God examines our heart. For those who are willing to obey God’s word with all their heart and mind and might, there is always hope. May these thoughts be an encouragement to all of us today.
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