Focus Verse: I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.'” (18)
Even amidst disaster, we will be saved if our trust is in the Lord. Because of His unfailing love, the Bible says that those who trust in God are as secure as Mount Zion. They cannot be shaken but will endure forever.
Focus Verse: He set fire to the temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down. (13)
In chapter 38 of this book, Jeremiah told King Zedekiah that if the people of Jerusalem surrendered to the king of Babylon, the city would not be burned down. The people refused to surrender. As a result, they were put under siege. They struggled through famine and when the famine became so severe that there was no food left for the people to eat, they broke through the city wall and tried to escape from the Babylonians. Their attempt to get away was unsuccessful. When they were captured, several of them lost their lives and many others were carried away from their homeland as captives. Because they were not obedient to the Lord, Nebuzaradan burned down every important building in Jerusalem.
Focus Verse: But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don’t come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please.” (4)
Nebuzaradan was right – disaster came upon the people of Jerusalem because God brought it about by doing just what He said He would do. Even though Jeremiah and other righteous prophets had warned them for years to stop sinning and turn back to God, they would not listen, and now they were harshly punished for their disobedience. But Jeremiah was rewarded for his faithfulness. Every word of the Lord that He had proclaimed came true. While others were being taken into exile by the Babylonians, Jeremiah was freed and told to go wherever he pleased.
Focus Verse: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds (24)
We should constantly be thinking of ways we can be good, do good and inspire others to be and do the same. Hate and meanness and unkindness should not be qualities that define us. The love of God inside of us should spur us on to spur one another on toward love.