Sunday, October 14, 2018

Jeremiah 34

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 34. 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?)
  • In this chapter, God used the prophet Jeremiah to deliver a message to the king of Judah who was named Zedekiah. God declared that Jerusalem was about to fall to the nation of Babylon and that Zedekiah would not die in the war.
  • Zedekiah ordered freedom for all Hebrew slaves but they were later forced back into slavery. God responded by reminding the people of the promise he made with their ancestors and the actions of the people broke that promise. The consequences to the broken promise were death and destruction of the people and their land. King Zedekiah would also be taken hostage to Babylon and the Babylonians would return to Jerusalem to burn it down (see verse 21-22).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God shows his mercy and justice in today’s passage. The people of Israel had a hard time keeping their promises to God, the Bible is filled with stories of solemn promises to obey God and they are broken again and again and again. Because God is merciful, he does not give the people the punishment they deserve. His justice is demonstrated through consequences for actions. God’s love is on display in his consistent desire to be in relationship with the people.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Sometimes it’s easier to focus on the things that aren’t going well right now. The noise and stresses of relationships (family, friends, your kids, your parents), finances, and daily living can lay heavy on your shoulders. Today, take one minute to close your eyes and think of something that makes you smile. Talk to God, tell him your frustrations and pains, and thank him for that one thing that made you smile as well.