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Sunday, September 16, 2018

September 16 - Jeremiah 26

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 26. 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 chapter begins with God offering the Israelites another opportunity to listen to him and stop sinning. If they choose not to return to God, then he will destroy Jerusalem just as he previously destroyed Shiloh. Shiloh was the city that housed the Tabernacle (which was a portable tent that served as the church) that was used during the Israelites 40 years in the wilderness. At Shiloh, God allowed His people to be defeated by the people of Philistia because of their wickedness (see 1 Samuel 4:3-11).
  • Jeremiah was then arrested and called a traitor because he prophesied the destruction of the city and the Temple. For his defense, Jeremiah reminded the people that the words he spoke came from the Lord and if the people killed him, they would be killing an innocent man.
  • Some wise men in the crowd recalled a similar prophesy from Micah (see Micah 3:12) that instructed the people to repent or Jerusalem would be destroyed. When Micah shared that prophesy he was not arrested, but the people followed God’s desire and destruction was averted.
  • The chapter ends with a brief mention of another prophet, named Uriah (see verses 20-22), who was sharing the same messages of disaster that Jeremiah did. Uriah was executed for proclaiming God’s words.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God loves his people so dearly that he offers them forgiveness and second chances time and time again. God spoke to the Israelites for generations through numerous prophets who gave the people instructions on how to right their wrongs and spelled out what the disastrous outcome would be if they did not change their ways.
  • This passage shows us that God does not give up. In this one chapter, 3 prophets are named. God doesn’t keep his words hidden away for just a few. He wants everyone to know His will and to choose for themselves. He uses various people and means to show his points and describe the results of individual choices.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Second chances are hard. Forgiveness is difficult. What part of your past are you chained to? Is there an area or person in your life that comes up again and again and causes you pain? Today, pray to God and ask him to help you begin to understand what forgiveness is, how to receive it, and how to give it.
  • Join us this weekend as we continue our series called “Chain Breaker” which is all about Forgiveness. If you missed last week’s message, catch up here.