Saturday, November 24, 2018

Jeremiah 45

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 45. 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 short chapter is a message that was delivered in the 4th year of King Jehoiakim which means it takes place in the same time frame as chapter 36. In that chapter, God commanded Jeremiah to have Baruch write down all his words on scroll. Baruch then read the scroll at the Temple and then was called to read it to the King. Jehoiakim was not happy with the message so he burned the scroll in his fireplace and wanted to kill Baruch and Jeremiah.
  • In this chapter, God tells Baruch that he knows Baruch is feeling sorry for himself, feeling overwhelmed and exhausted (see verse 3). God promises he is going to bring disasters to Israel and that Baruch should not seek great things for himself in the land that will be destroyed. But God also promises that Baruch’s life will be saved during the upcoming adverse times as a reward for his obeying God.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Though Baruch was only Jeremiah's scribe and not a prophet himself, this passage shows that God cares for all of his people, regardless of their rank or stature. God recognized Baruch’s fear and provided both encouragement and a promise of safety to him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • God does not promise following him will give you an easy, problem-free life, but he does promise he will never abandon you (see Deuteronomy 31:6). If you are in a season of turbulence and confusion right now, take a moment to talk to God and ask him to help you feel his presence.