Scripture: Jeremiah 35-37. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Recabites were people who were steadfast in their commitment to God; their ancestors made a vow to abstain from wine, and they followed their special vow of dedication to the Lord. God had Jeremiah tempt the Recabites with wine in order to demonstrate their commitment and dedication, but He knew that they wouldn’t break their vow. God also had Jeremiah write His words on a scroll, and Baruch, Jeremiah’s scribe, read it to the people. When King Jehoiakim heard the words on the scroll, he had the scroll burned in the fire. King Jehoiakim passed away on the way to Babylon, and his son Jehoiachin became the king until he was taken captive to Babylon a few months later. Nebuchadnezzar appointed Zedekiah to be King of Judah. Follow along in Jeremiah 35-37!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The Recabites were people who were steadfast in their commitment to God, and God wanted the rest of His people to be as committed as the Recabites. God wants us to be committed and dedicated to Him, as well, always keeping our promises, just as He keeps His promises to us. We want to be sure to obey God’s Word, for it is eternal and full of good knowledge and guidance. Jehoiakim had the scroll with God’s words burned. Today, many people say that God’s Word cannot be trusted because it contains errors; however, even when people reject God’s Word, they cannot destroy it. Only a few leaders had protested the act of burning the scroll. Speaking out against this act took a great deal of courage. Those of us who make the choice to live for our Heavenly Father must be willing to stand for right even if everyone else turns away. And God will bless us one day for our commitment, dedication, and loyalty to Him.
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.