Day 213

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Jeremiah 5:20-6:30, II Kings 22:3-20, II Chronicles 34:8-28

Steve Quiet, Worship and Arts

Good morning
Taking a look at today’s verses, there are four themes that run alongside one another, and they not only appear in today’s verses, they appear throughout scripture. We are looking through the prophetic eyes of Jeremiah along with a contribution from the prophetess Huldah.
The four themes are as follows.
God’s love for us
God’s demand that we have no other god! We worship Him only.
God’s anger when we disobey Him, worship other gods, and worship ourselves.
Our ongoing disobedience, disregard and rebellion towards God.

We have been rebellious for a long time and continue to do so even today. Just a few of the past mistakes that God did not overlook include Adam and Eve and the fruit, Noah and the flood, and Sodom and Gomorrah. Learning from the past is something we apparently don’t do well.

The good news is that God wants us all to be saved. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Also see 1Timothy 2: 3-4)

Let’s take a look at some examples of both God’s anger at our disobedience and demonstrations of his love for us; both are examples of His love. As a parent, I found one of my most difficult responsibilities was the disciplining of my child. However as a parent I thought that the problem left unchecked would only produce a child with little discipline and a disregard for following instructions.

As we start Jeremiah the prophet is asked to announce to the house of Jacob and Judah some strong words from God. Jer 5: 21-22–“’Hear this you foolish and senseless people ,who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear: Should you not fear me?’ declares the Lord.”
God’s anger is also viewed in 2 Chronicles 3:25 “Because they have forsaken me and burned incense to other gods and provoked me to anger by all that their hands have made my anger will be poured out on this place and will not be quenched.”

God has a message for the king of Judah in 2Chronicles 34:26 spoken through the prophetess Huldah as was 2 Chronicles 3:25.
“Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people’; God told the king he would die and be buried in peace, not to see the coming disaster to fall on his people.
God is responsive to our repentance as he was with the king, if we only humble ourselves before Him. God so wants us to follow the right path, to follow His commandments.

Jeremiah 6:16 “Stand at the cross roads and look; ask for the ancient paths ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” We all today should be looking for and finding that same rest for our souls, through a right relationship with Jesus, and His Love and Grace!

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3 responses »

  1. Lord, thank You for Your rest, not only in the quiet but also amid the chaos around us. No matter where we are or what is going on, we can close in with You, trust You and find rest in the storm. Thank You. Amen.

  2. “God is responsive to our repentance as he was with the king, if we only humble ourselves before Him. God so wants us to follow the right path, to follow His commandments.”

    Thanks for sharing this, Steve.

    John 9:31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.”

    In 2 Kings 22:19… and 2 Chron 34:27…, King Josiah was moved by the reading from the Old Testament. God’s WORD moved him to the simple response God wants from all of us:
    1. “your heart was responsive”
    2. “you humbled yourself”
    3. “you tore your robes” a sign of repentance, “and you wept in my presence” a sign of worship.

    Being forgiven of his sin, God declares “I have heard you.”

    Lord Jesus, thank you for calling me out of sin, giving me courage to respond to your love and empowering me to humble myself and turn away from the world and toward your saving grace. I know you hear my prayers. Bless those who read your word today.

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