Saturday, July 21, 2018

July 21 - Jeremiah 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 6. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This passage opens with God warning Jeremiah’s own tribe of Benjamin to flee Jerusalem and go to Tekoa, which was a town about 12 miles south of Jerusalem. God warns that the invading army will come from the north and that Jerusalem will be destroyed.
  • God tells the people of Israel that His anger will be poured out on everyone including parents, children, and the elderly; “from the least to the greatest”. He also tells them why He is angry with them: they are frauds and hypocrites without shame.
  • God says the way to find peace is to follow the “old, godly way,” which has been marked out by Him. But the Israelites refused to listen and insisted on going on their own path. Because of this, the offerings and sacrifices the people offered to God did not please Him.
  • The chapter ends with God using Jeremiah to test the people of Judah just as certain metals are tested and purified by fire. However, the people of Israel have no purity within them and so God rejects them.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God’s anger is never unjustified. God led the people of Israel out of slavery and into a new life of freedom where He told them how to live a happy and peaceful life: He gave them His Word and the Israelites would be blessed by following His commands. But the people of Israel disliked God’s demand for living with discipline and despite God’s many calls for them to return to Him and warnings of the danger ahead, they refused to.
  • God desires purity in His people so that they may be close to Him. He will examine their hearts, be with them through trials, and He gives His people free will and many chances to follow Him. If they choose to pursue a life of hypocrisy, deception, and insincerity, they are choosing an impure life and God will not allow His vicinity.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you have impurities in your life that should be burned away? Do you struggle with anger or resentment? Do you feel weighed down by shame or regret? Today, pray and confess these feelings to God. Take time right now to reflect on the areas of your life that need to be cleansed and ask God to purify your heart.
  • Is your past holding you back? Do you feel cemented and broken in the pain of your bad choices? Check out Restore at Verve on Tuesday nights for a community that can help you heal. Restore is a faith-based recovery program that guides you toward getting unstuck.