Scripture: Jeremiah 26-29. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Jehoiakim was a self-centered and wicked king who persecuted and killed innocent people. God had told Jeremiah to stand in the courtyard of the Lord’s house and speak to the people of the towns of Judah. He wanted Jeremiah to speak the entire message given and not to omit any words. Jeremiah’s life was threatened for prophesying. God punished the people of Judah by appointing Nebuchadnezzar to fulfill God’s promise of judgment on their sins. Jeremiah wrote a letter to the captives in Babylon, telling them to continue on with their lives and to pray for the pagan nation that had enslaved them. Follow along in Jeremiah 26-29!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God reminded Jeremiah to speak the whole message, not leaving out any words from Him. Jeremiah very well could have been tempted to leave out any parts of the message that would turn the people against Him, but he was obedient to God. Likewise, we must never leave out important parts of God’s Word to please anyone. God had appointed Nebuchadnezzar to fulfill His promise of judgment on the sin of the people. God can use whomever He wants to fulfill His purposes. There will be many times in life where we will have to disagree with our own wants and wishes in order to speak the truth, being obedient to our Heavenly Father. His way is always the correct way in life. Jeremiah told the captives in Babylon to continue to pray for the wicked nation and leaders that had enslaved them. Sometimes we may find it very difficult to pray for evil leaders in society; however, that is when prayers are needed the most. When we find ourselves struggling and going through battles in life, we must continue to pray without ceasing and move ahead, doing whatever we can, and leaving the rest up to God, instead of giving up.
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.