Sunday, November 25, 2018

Jeremiah 46

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 46. 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 passage is a prophecy from God regarding the battle of Carchemish. The battle of Carchemish occurred in 605 B.C. when Egypt was defeated by Babylon in a surprise attack. This was King Nebuchadnezzar’s first victory and when Egypt’s power began to decline.
  • God’s first message in this chapter tells Egypt to get ready for war but also declares they will not escape the Babylonians. The Egyptian army boasted of its greatness but this battle will be a day where God takes vengeance on his enemies and therefore Egypt will not prevail.
  • Then God tells Jeremiah to share another message throughout many Egyptian cities warning about King Nebuchadnezzar’s plans to attack Egypt and of the coming humiliation of Egypt’s loss.
  • The chapter ends with God promising that although there will be loss and destruction as part of the punishment for the people of Israel, they will recover and God will once again lead them to their home land.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Although God chose Israel for a special purpose, he loves all people and wants everyone to come to him. God judges everyone by the same standard. They Egyptians will be punished for not obeying God just as the people of Israel were punished for their disobedience.
  • God’s punishments are not spiteful but rather they are intended to correct the heart. God’s justice is pure and righteous and he disciplines because he longs to be in an intimate relationship with you.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Sometimes it is easier to view negativity in your life as punishment rather than an occasion for growth. Perhaps you have been struggling with an addiction that has drained your bank account to nothing. Maybe your childhood left you without the skills to have healthy relationships in your life. Today, talk to God and ask him to help you see how to use the adversities in your life to flourish. Be honest with God, tell him how you are hurting and angry and ask him to show you where he wants you to grow so that you can become the person he designed you to be.