Sunday, December 9, 2018

December 9 - Jeremiah 50

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 50. 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 sends a message to the nation of Babylon, addressing their sinful actions and the punishment that would come from it. In Chapter 49, it is revealed that God chose Babylon for the purpose of destroying other evil, foreign nations. Once that purpose was fulfilled however, God turns to the Babylonians evilness and reveals that he will destroy them as well.
  • Verse 41 mentions that a great army from the north will be coming to attack and defeat Babylon. This prophecy was fulfilled when King Cyrus planned a surprise attack against Babylon and captured the city.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Babylon's largest flaw was that they were prideful. Throughout their rise and fall, they continually neglected God and fully relied on their own power. In all of their accomplishments as a nation, they never once recognized God as the ultimate power and because of this as well as several other sinful wrongdoings, they were destroyed.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  •  How important is your relationship with God? Do you value it? Take some time to thank God for what he has done in your life and is continuing to do because He alone is the ultimate power. If you struggle with pride, take some time to admit it to Him and ask for forgiveness because He is always there to help us overcome our struggles.