Saturday, December 8, 2018

December 8 - Jeremiah 49

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 49. 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?)
  • God continues His messages to the foreign nations, addressing their continued sin and ensuring that they will be held accountable for all of their wrongdoing. 
    • The first message is directed towards the nation of Ammon. The Ammonites were descendants of Lot (Genesis 19:30-38) through an incestuous relationship and worshipped Molech. They regularly sacrificed their own children to Molech and stole land away from Israel. The Ammonites actions made God really angry and because of this and their blind selfishness, He warns that they will be destroyed. 
    • The next nation that is brought up is Edom. The Israelites descended from Jacob and the Edomites descended from Jacob's twin brother, Esau. In Genesis, Esau and Jacob were always at odds with each other, and unfortunately, their strained relationship bled over into how their descendants interacted with one another. Edom and Israel were constantly in conflict. Edom's greatest flaw was pride. Edom believed themselves to be almost invincible because of their strong nation and army but because of their sin, God confirms that they will be destroyed. 
    • The third nation is Damascus. The nation was located north of Israel and because of their sin, God ensures their destruction. They are later defeated by both Assyria and Babylon.
    • The fourth group that is brought up are the nomadic tribes, Kedar and Hazor. These tribes wandered the desert and God confirms that they will be destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.
    • The last nation that is addressed is Elam. Elam was another evil city that God destroyed and later used to become the center of the Persian Empire.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God is a God of love and grace that will welcome anyone that accepts Him with open arms. At the same time, God is also a judge and if a person, or in this specific chapter's case, entire nations, continually turn away from Him and live in sin and selfishness, then they will be held accountable.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  •  Get right with God. Be honest with Him. He's always available so take some time to pray with Him if you're feeling unsteady. God is a God that wants to have a relationship with you so lean on Him now if you've felt distant.