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Up to this point we have been reading about Jeremiah warning Judah to TURN BACK to the Lord and then the fall of Jerusalem. Most of the last chapters of Jeremiah are regarding the judgment of other nations. Ironically, at this point all these other nations think they are completely free from judgment but like Habakkuk said:
“Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
to come on the nation invading us.” (Hab 3:16)
As heart breaking as the fall of Jerusalem and Judah are to read we KNOW The Lord spent a HUGE portion of the OT saving HIS people from the enemy, providing for them, encouraging them, and warning them. Many people don’t like to read the OT because they say it is too complicated to understand or it is way to negative. However, I believe the NT makes sooooooo much more sense with the knowledge of the OT. God wants us aware that there will come a day of judgement again, but MOST important is that HE wants us to know HIS character. Even in 2 out of the three chapters we read today, there are words of HOPE and restoration. And living on this side of the cross we have the greatest HOPE anyone could every have and that is our forever loving relationship with Jesus Christ.
The next 7 chapters are written about God’s judgment on evil people. People who persecuted His people, plundered them, and taught them their pagan and idol worshipping ways. This leaves us knowing He is our Defender, our Conqueror. He is a God of Justice. No one escapes His Perfect Judgment. And on this side of the cross, as Jesus as our Lord and Savior, when HE returns we will be seen not by our sin and imperfections but through the blood of Jesus that purifies us. NOW that is such good news!!! HOW much does God love us?? HE sent and Jesus came, died for us, and rose again on the 3rd day that we may have such love, forgiveness, and the PROMISE of eternity with HIM.
CHAPTER 46 —- Jeremiah prophesied about the destruction of Egypt. This takes us back to Egypt’s fall at the battle of Carchemish in 605 B.C. and then the invasion by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in the middle of Jeremiah’s life. Did you notice verses 27-28? God told Jacob/Judah not to fear or be dismayed, they will again have peace. He promised not to completely destroy them (the REMNANT) although HE would discipline them for their choices. EVEN in the midst of ALL the destruction…God was still telling HIS people of HIS love!!
CHAPTER 47 — This is a foretelling of the destruction of the Philistines who will also fall to the Babylonians. This prophecy is noted in many books including Isaiah, Amos, Ezekiel, Zephaniah and Zechariah. The Philistines were the Hebrews enemy since the Hebrews became a people. My first thought when I hear Philistines is always with David and Goliath. However, I also think about God telling Moses to leave Egypt. We were told in Exodus 13: 17-18: “17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.” Interesting —-eh??
Chapter 48 — The destruction of Moab. Do you recall who the Moabites were the descendants of? I bet you do!! Lot had two daughters. His daughters got Lot drunk, each had sex with him, and each had a son from the incest (if you want to read more it is in Genesis 19.) One daughter’s son was Moab. His other daughter’s son was Ammon who we will read about tomorrow. The Moabites were never fond of the Israelites and in the era we are currently reading about —- they helped Babylon take Judah. Did they think the Lord would let that slide? And AGAIN…in the last verse of this chapter, God PROMISED to RESTORE the fortunes of MOAB in the days to come!! God’s compassion reaches to all creations…EVEN to HIS enemies!!!
The last verse made me think A LOT about the times in which we are reading as well as about the times we are in today. God is a loving God. He loves us and wants ALL of us to know Him, praise HIm, read His Word, love HIM, and so much more. Yet, as much as He loves us… HE will not be mocked.. and for “every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” How can God’s Word rest (within us & not be used FOR Him) when the end times have been set in motion?
Did this get you to thinking? Above ALL things KNOW that Jesus will make all things right upon HIS return which is why it is so important that EVERY has the chance to CHOOSE HIM. Reading HIS Word is OH so important so we KNOW it and are not easily taken in by false prophets. As I started today’s entry, I made the comment that these other countries felt they were somehow NOT included in God’s judgement. However, not knowing the TRUTH will not be an excuse at the final hour.
Once again… I am so grateful…beyond words….to KNOW that Jesus loves me and you even more than I can comprehend.
God bless you all!!! PLEASE write on the blog or send me an email if you have questions or concerns about anything I have said.
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