Scripture: Jeremiah 49-50. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
In these next few chapters of Jeremiah, Jeremiah was prophesying about foreign nations, including Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Kedar, Hazor, Elam, and Babylon. The Ammonites were descendants of Lot and were condemned for stealing land from God’s people, as well as worshiping the false idol Molech. Many of the people in these nations assumed that they were free from judgment and punishment from God for their sin(s). Jeremiah speaks about God’s judgment upon these nations. Follow along in Jeremiah 49-50!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
As we go through these next chapters of the Book of Jeremiah, we can see that God chose Israel for a special purpose; however, He loves all people and wants everyone to turn to Him. God is a holy God, and He will not tolerate sin. Our God is always just and fair; He does not delight in judgment but rather in salvation. Our God judges everyone by the same standard. God punishes people in order to bring them back to Him; He wants us to correct our mistakes, and He also wants to purify us. God does not like pride because having pride is taking personal credit for what God has done in our lives or looking down on others. Pride played a part in destroying the nations, and it can destroy us as individuals. We can ask God to point out and remove any pride that we may have in our hearts. We must focus our attention on the greatness of our Heavenly Father. Babylon is used in Bible scripture as a symbol of all evil. God will wipe out all evil and wickedness one day, and there will be no more pain and suffering. What a wonderful day that will be!
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 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.