Saturday, September 22, 2018

Jeremiah 27

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 27. 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 takes place after King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had already invaded Judah once and taken many captives. God instructed Jeremiah to wear a yoke (a wooden frame used to fasten a team of animals to a plow) as a symbol of bondage.
  • While wearing the yoke, Jeremiah was to tell the kings of Israel’s neighboring nations that they would all submit to Babylon and serve Babylon’s king. God warned the nations not to listen to false prophets that said they would not be conquered. Any people who surrendered would be allowed to stay in their homeland even though it would then be under the control of Babylon.
  • The same message was repeated to the king of Judah and his people. There Jeremiah also delivered God’s words that all of the cherished articles in the Temple would be brought to Babylon.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • In this chapter, God asks the Israelites and the people of the surrounding nations to submit to his will and promises that their lives will be more comfortable if they do so.
  • King Zedekiah of Judah was in a tough spot, he was called on to surrender even though it may mean that he would look like a coward to some people. Because of his hesitation and doubt, many false prophets took advantage of the opportunity to speak the words the king wanted to hear despite the fact that they were not true.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Today, think of an area of your life that you need to surrender to God. Do you struggle with infidelity? Do you have an addiction to alcohol, gambling, or food? Is it easier for you to tell lies than the truth? Are you holding bitterness and anger toward someone in your life that should be forgiven? Submitting to God can feel scary. Take a moment and pray to God, asking him for strength and courage to give up the destructive ways that are rooted in your heart so that you may know the peace and comfort he can give you.