Sunday, September 2, 2018

Jeremiah 22

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 22. 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?)
  • Jeremiah delivers God's message directly to King Zedekiah while including additional messages concerning Judah's royal palace, and former kings Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim and Jehoiachin.
  • To King Zedekiah, God commands to stop committing evil crimes and mistreating people. God says that if Zedekiah turns his ways around, He will always make sure there is a descendant of his on the throne.
  • To the royal palace, God says that he will destroy it even though he loves it dearly. God goes on to say that he is destroying it because the people have turned from him and decided to worship other gods.
  • To Jehoahaz, God says that the people should mourn for him since he was taken into exile by Egypt.
  • To Jehoiakim, God condemns his evil deeds during his reign and the injustice that he spread. Jehoiakim constantly oppressed the poor and murdered innocent people so God said that no one should mourn for him.
  • To Jehoiachin, God condemns his sinfulness and says that he will die in a foreign country.
  • For further information on the royal lineage of these kings and their history, go to 2 Chronicles 36.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God makes it crystal clear that he hates evilness and wickedness. Unfortunately, the last few kings of Judah that were supposed to be representatives of God's goodness and love decided to act directly against His wishes.
  • God speaks out on his hatred for injustice, oppression of the poor, greed, and murder but attributes the destruction of Judah and the palace to the Israelites worshipping false gods. God despises when people put things in front of Him. When we do worship other things, we can lose sight of what God wants for us and that can lead down a miserable road similar to what the last kings of Judah experienced and felt.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Would you say that God is at the center of your life? Do you make Him a priority and are fighting to grow closer to Him? Praying is always a good place to start so try making prayer a consistent habit because God loves to be in contact and constant communication with us.