Sunday, October 21, 2018

Jeremiah 36

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 36. 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 instructed Jeremiah to write down every prophecy God had given him. God wanted all the people of Israel to hear the list and offer them another chance to repent. Jeremiah complied with the help of Baruch who transcribed Jeremiah’s dictations. 
  • Jeremiah was a prisoner at the time and so Baruch took the completed scroll and read the messages in Temple so that many people would hear them. From the Temple, word spread to the local officials who requested to hear the prophecies as well. Baruch read the scroll to the officials and it alarmed them so the officials informed King Jehoiakim who also read the scroll
  • As the scroll was being read to the king, he chopped off each piece and threw it into a fire without any fear of the prophecies. The king tried to arrest Baruch and Jeremiah but they were hidden by God.
  • After the original scroll was burned, God instructed Jeremiah to write everything again and to add that because King Jehoiakim burned the first scroll, he would have no heirs to the throne and his body would not be buried when he died.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Today’s chapter shows us again how much God longs to be in relationship with his people. God never stops giving us opportunities to ask for forgiveness and to turn to him. Our actions do carry consequences. The king did more than disbelieve the message from God to apologize and repent; he despised and destroyed the very paper it was written on. Because of this, the king was singled out for a specific punishment.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What problems are you ignoring in your life, hoping they will go away if you pretend they don’t exist? Financial concerns? An addiction? A toxic relationship? Problems won’t disappear just because we plug our ears and close our eyes to the warning signs. The good news is that God wants to help you overcome the barriers that keep you from the life you were meant to have. Today, ask a close friend whom you trust about any problem areas in your life that you are avoiding. Then talk to God and ask him to help you make wise choices.