Saturday, October 20, 2018

October 20 - Jeremiah 35

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 35. 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 chapter involves the Recabites. The ancestors of the Recabites took a special vow of dedication to God 200 years prior to the time of this passage and the current Recabites continued to obey the vow to abstain from wine. God had Jeremiah tempt the Recabites with wine to demonstrate their commitment and dedication to God.
  • God then compares the Recabites to the other Israelites. The Recabites followed the vow of one ancestor named Jehonadab (see verse 14). God sent multiple prophets over many generations to instruct the people of Israel and call them to follow God but the Israelites refused time and time again.
  • The obedience of the Recabites in following the rules of their ancestral father was sharply contrasted to the Israelites disobedience to their heavenly father. Because of the difference in their actions, these two groups of people would receive different consequences. The Israelites would have disaster and destruction brought to their country and their people. The Recabites received a promise from God that their descendants would always serve God.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God loves his people deeply and desires to be in close relationship with them, but as God watched the people of Israel, they continued to disobey him by choice and deceived themselves into thinking there would be no consequences for their decisions. God’s anger toward the Israelites was justified as they persisted to turn their backs on him for generations.
  • And God also blesses the Recabites for their obedience with a promise that the family name will always continue and will always follow God. God desires to spend forever with you and wants to bless the lives of those who walk with him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What habits are you doing on autopilot? What parts of your life are you trying to manage and control on your own? It’s not always easy to trust God and to believe that he desires the best for us. Today, talk to God and ask him to help you see what areas you should hand over to him. Tell him your fears and your anger about giving up control, he is ready to listen.