Focus Verse: Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “I will punish the king of Babylon and his land as I punished the king of Assyria. (18)
When the people of Israel turned against God, God often used heathen nations to punish them. This did not justify the idolatry or pagan worship of those heathen nations. It did not mean that God was blessing those heathen nations; but it did show that He was not blessing Israel on account of their disobedience. However, when the people of Israel repented and turned back to God, God always delivered them from their enemies and brought them back into the land that had been promised them.
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Focus Verse: Do not listen to the words of the prophets who say to you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they are prophesying lies to you. (14)
The false prophets were touting around the best-dressed lie while Jeremiah spoke the naked truth. It may be hard to hear and harder to accept, but the latter is always better.
Come humbly. Come boldly. Our gracious God will help us.
Focus Verse: “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. (5)
The righteous Branch who the Lord will raise up is none other than Jesus the Christ. When He reigns on earth from Jerusalem, His people (the sheep) will no longer be destroyed or scattered. They will no longer be afraid or terrified. They will be tended by and cared for by the Good Shepherd.
Focus Verse: “Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites,” declares the Lord. (6)
God gives Jeremiah messages for the nations of Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Kedar and Hazor, and Elam. After disaster, he promises to restore some of them; but for others, it will be utter destruction.
Focus Verse: This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines before Pharaoh attacked Gaza: (1)
In the previous chapter (46), God had a message of punishment for Egypt. Now He has one for the Philistines.
Focus Verse: “But you did not listen to me,” declares the Lord, “and you have aroused my anger with what your hands have made, and you have brought harm to yourselves.” (7)
In disobeying the Lord, we only end up hurting ourselves. Not listening to God’s Word harms our present lives, our future; and it can also bring harm to others around us.
The Word of God is both alive and active.