Scripture: Jeremiah 38-40; Psalm 74/79. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
King Zedekiah first listened to Jeremiah, but then agreed with his officials that he should be killed. Zedekiah could not seem to decide between the public opinion and God’s will. Jeremiah was thrown into a cistern, a large hole in the ground lined with rocks. Ebed-Melech, an official in the royal palace, had heard what they had done to Jeremiah, and Ebed-Melech spoke with the king, rescuing Jeremiah. King Zedekiah questioned Jeremiah again, and Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the guard until Jerusalem was captured. God told Jeremiah that He was about to fulfill His words against Jerusalem and that He would protect Jeremiah. The Babylonians freed Jeremiah and protected him. Psalm 74 was written by Asaph or one of his descendants and is a plea for God to help His people to defend His cause and remember His promises. Psalm 79 is another beautiful song written by Asaph or one of his descendants, and it speaks about crying out to our Heavenly Father in times of injustice and hardships, for we can trust Him completely. Follow along in Jeremiah 38-40 and Psalm 74/79!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
King Zedekiah could not decide which was better – public opinion or God’s will. We must ask ourselves the same question: What matters more in life – what others say and think or what God wants for us? Jeremiah was very obedient to God and led a very faithful ministry. He was not a popular man, and he was persecuted for His obedience and faithfulness to God. God does not guarantee that His servants will escape unjust treatment and persecution; however, He does promise that He will be with us during every step of the way, and He will give us the strength to endure (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). God will reward our faithfulness to Him. Ebed-Melech feared God and wanted to do what was right. He reached out to Jeremiah, and stood up for what what right in God’s eyes, no matter what anyone else thought. Through it all, God had promised to rescue Jeremiah from all of his trouble. Our God does exist, and He does perform miracles. God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. It is very easy to become impatient while we wait for God to answer us or act, but we must never give up on Him. God knows the best timing for everything that is going on in our lives, whether we think so or not. In the end, God’s glory will be known to all people. However, we must go through suffering and hardships with patience and allow God to strengthen our character through it. We can always cry out to God, for He is near, and He is listening. God loves each and every one of us, more than we could ever imagine.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Psalms and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.