Day 239

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Jeremiah 39:11-18, Jeremiah:40:1-6, 2 Kings 25:8-21, Jeremiah 52:12-27, 2 Chronicles 36:15-21, Lamentations 1:1-22

John Rizzo, Celebrate Recovery, Care Ministries, and Freedom in Christ

 

What a sad ending for the people of Judah and Jerusalem.  The books of Jeremiah, Kings, and Chronicles all wrap up with Jeremiah’s prophecies of God’s judgment coming to pass:  the fall of Jerusalem; the destruction of the temple; most men, women, and children slaughtered, and the rest taken in captivity to Babylon with the exception of a tiny remnant of the poorest left to live in the land.  Jeremiah was one of the few who got to stay.  His sorrow over these events is vivid in Lamentations, which is also known as the Book of Tears.  And it’s no wonder Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet.  His heart was broken for his people and for God whom the people repeatedly rejected.

If only the people had listened to Jeremiah’s warnings (and for that matter all the prophets before him).  All of this terrible suffering could have been avoided.

This event finally cured the Jews of worshipping false Gods.  Never again would they raise up Asherah poles or worship Baal.  This lesson stuck, but they had to learn it the hard way.

Things aren’t much different today.  Human nature hasn’t changed.  (So much for the evolutionists that say that mankind is evolving into higher consciousness and we’re becoming better and better.)  It’s too bad that many of us don’t pay attention to God until only after our lives have become a Jerusalem-like smoldering ruin due to our bad choices.  Sometimes God has to work this way to get our attention.   If only we could learn earlier that our plan doesn’t work, only His does.

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3 responses »

  1. Lamentations 1:21-22 (NLT)

    “Others heard my groans,
    but no one turned to comfort me.
    When my enemies heard about my troubles,
    they were happy to see what you had done.
    Oh, bring the day you promised,
    when they will suffer as I have suffered.
    “Look at all their evil deeds, Lord.
    Punish them,
    as you have punished me
    for all my sins.
    My groans are many,
    and I am sick at heart.”

    As I read the last verses in todays reading I sense that they still didn’t completely get the fact that they were being disciplined for what they & they alone had done. In the end they are like children, still trying to deflect the anger and punishment saying he’s laughing at me… punish him… look at what he has done… how come he get’s away with it.

  2. How devastating to read about the details of the destruction of the Your Temple, Lord. Thank You that You have now chosen to make us the Temple of Your Holy Spirit, set apart for holiness. Help me, Lord, to protect Your temple within me. Help me to treat it with the reverence it deserves as Your dwelling place. Help me to not let my enemies take control and destroy the beauty You have created, making it a “smoldering ruin”. Glorify Yourself, Almighty God and Father, in this cracked vessel in which You have chosen to dwell (not just commute but settle in and live) eternally. Amen.

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