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Saturday, September 15, 2018

September 15 - Jeremiah 25

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 25. 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?)
  • Today’s passage begins with Jeremiah reminding the people of Israel that he had been a prophet who delivered God’s messages which time and again directed them to stop sinning in order to prevent their destruction.
  • Because the Israelites refused to repent (to ask for forgiveness), God declared they would be held captive by the nation of Babylon for 70 years and the land would become a desolate wasteland (see verse 11).
  • However, after the 70 years of captivity, Babylon would be punished for the suffering they bestowed on the Israelites.
  • The second half of the chapter illustrates God’s anger in two ways: first in the form of a cup filled with wrath. The neighboring nations of Israel would also feel God’s wrath poured on them because of their sins.
  • In verses 32-36, God’s anger is described using images that evoke strength: “whirlwind of fury” and “a strong lion seeking its prey”.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God sent multiple messengers to the Israelites and spent decades warning the people what the consequences to their actions would be and giving them numerous opportunities to apologize for their sins and return to following God. God adores his people and desires to be in relationship with them. He patiently waits and allows them to make their own decisions by free will.
  • Even before those consequences were delivered, God gave his people hope: he told them how long the punishment would last and those who inflicted the suffering would pay for their own sins as well.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What areas of your life do you feel impatient about? Are you waiting for the “Perfect Job”, a significant other, or the “big” win that will solve your troubles? Pause for a moment and remind yourself that God is patient and his timeline will not always match up with yours. Pray to God today and ask him to help you trust that he has a different perspective and wants to provide and care for you.