Sunday, November 4, 2018

Jeremiah 40

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 40. 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?)
  • One of the Babylonian captains, named Nebuzaradan, discovered Jeremiah among the other captive people in Judah and released Jeremiah giving him choice to voluntarily go to Babylon, where he would have comfort and power, or stay in the land of Judah with the few others who remained. The captain recognized that the land of Judah was destroyed because of the people’s sins against God. Jeremiah chose to stay in Judah and returned to Gedaliah (see yesterday’s chapter 39 to read about how Jeremiah originally ended up with Gedaliah).
  • Gedaliah had been appointed governor of Judah and instructed the people to live off the land and remain in the towns. Gedaliah was warned of an imminent assassination but he refused to believe it. One of Gedaliah’s leaders named Johanan offered to preemptively kill Ishmael the assassin but Gedaliah forbid it.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Even though the Babylonian captain did not know God, he acknowledged that God had given the Babylonians victory as a consequence for the sins of the people of Israel. Just like the captain, it is possible to recognize that God exists and does miracles but knowing God is more than knowing about him. God desires a personal relationship with you and wants you to know him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Sometimes it’s hard for us to see the truth about things without having some input from those around us. Today, reach out to a trusted friend and have a conversation about an area of your life that may be causing hurt to yourself or others. Talk to God and ask him to “search your heart” (read Psalm 139:23).