Scripture: Jeremiah 23-25. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Those individuals responsible to lead Israel in God’s path were the ones responsible for Israel’s situation, and God had decided to give them harsh punishment. Jeremiah contrasted the present wicked and corrupt leaders with Jesus, the coming Messiah, who would reign over Israel. Jeremiah told the parable of the two baskets of figs and what God was teaching him in regards to both the ripe and the poor figs. Follow along in Jeremiah 23-25!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God held Israel’s leaders accountable for the actions of the nation. God holds us accountable to Him, as well, for the people that we influence or lead. The Bible speaks about false prophets. The nation had become corrupt, partly because of false prophecy. We must look out for false prophets even in today’s world, those who may appear to speak God’s message but do not live according to His principles. God knows each and every situation and struggle that we encounter in this fallen world, and we never have to question His ability to handle the things that are beyond our control. Our Almighty God is in complete control. The good figs in the parable represented the people whose hearts would respond to God, the exiles to Babylon; the poor figs represented the people who remained in Judah or ran away to Egypt, the people who believed they would be blessed if they stayed in the land or escaped. We most likely all assume that when life is going well, we are blessed; when life is a struggle, we are cursed. However, trouble can be a blessing because it makes us stronger individuals and helps us deal with other circumstances in the future. When we are facing trouble and hardships in life, we can ask God to help us grow stronger in Him; when things are going smoothly in life, we can ask God to help us use our prosperity for Him. We must also remember to thank Him on a daily basis for all that He is and all that He does for us.
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.