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Frances
Oct 1st 2011, 06:03 PM
Jeremiah

Quote:- (Henry H. Halley)”Jeremiah lived about 100 years after Isaiah. Isaiah had saved Jerusalem from Assyria, Jeremiah tried to save it from Babylon, but failed.

Jeremiah was called to the prophetic office (626 BC), Jerusalem was partly destroyed (606 BC); further devastated (597 BC); finally burned and desolated (586 BC). Jeremiah lived through these terrible 40 years . . . a pathetic and lonely figure . . . crying that if (the people) would repent God would save them from Babylon.

For 300 years Assyria . . had ruled the world, but now was growing weak. Babylon . . was becoming powerful. Egypt, which 100 years before had been a world power, and had declined, was again becoming ambitious. Babylon won about the middle of Jeremiah’s ministry. It broke the power of Assyria (607 BC); and 2 years later crushed Egypt, in the battle of Carchemish (605 BC); and for 70 years ruled the world, the same 70 years as the Jew’s captivity. Jeremiah unceasingly advised Jerusalem to surrender to the king of Babylon, so much that his enemies accused him of being a traitor. Nebuchadnezzar rewarded him . . not only by sparing his life, but by offering him any honour he would accept(39:12).”


Jeremiah 1

What does the text say? – The prophecies of Jeremiah, a priest of Anathoth in Benjamin, in the days of Josiah and his sons, Jehoiakim and following his reign, the 11 years of Zedekiah. When Jeremiah was only a youth the Lord told him He had known Jeremiah before he was born, and had set him apart and anointed him to be a prophet. The Lord told Jeremiah he must speak for Him wherever He sent him, he must not be afraid of the people for He would protect and deliver him. The Lord said He had appointed Jeremiah to stand against the nations to destroy and overthrow some and build and plant others. The Lord said calamity would come from the north, as He had planned. This was the Judgement of the Lord on His people for deserting Him and worshipping gods they had made. The Lord said Jeremiah must prepare for action as He had made him like a fortified city, an iron pillar and bronze wall against the whole land; the people would fight against him but they would fail for the Lord would deliver Jeremiah from them.

Application? – the Lord knew me before I was born - what task did He give me to do for Him? The Lord will protect and deliver me from those against me, when I say what He tells me to. Do I yield to temptation to disobey to Lord, or stand firm against it? Have I made anything into an idol and false god? Am I prepared for action? Do I go where the Lord sends me?

Frances
Oct 2nd 2011, 05:06 PM
Jeremiah 2

What does the text say? – The Lord told Jeremiah to shout in Jerusalem that the Lord remembers how eager Israel originally was to serve Him, and how He had protected them from everyone who sought to harm them. Yet they have abandoned Him and worship other nation’s gods – worthless idols – and so become worthless themselves. The people have forgotten how the Lord God took them from slavery and gave them a fruitful land; so He will be Judging them and their children for years to come, for they have exchanged their Glorious God for worthless idols. They have abandoned Him, the fountain of living water, and have dug cisterns that can hold no water. The people have brought disaster on themselves by serving idols, so the Lord is letting them be punished as they are still stained with guilt. The people continue trying to find a god to protect them but will not turn back to worship the Lord their God – yet they pray to Him when they are in trouble, ignoring their Sin of worshipping as many gods as there are towns in Judah, and that they have killed the Lord’s prophets and have ignored Him for years on end. So they will be led into exile.

Application? – Do I tell others how the Lord desires to be served, after they have repented? Do I ever abandon the Lord? Could I have an idol of any sort? Might the problems my country faces be because, as a nation, we have abandoned the Lord God and ignore Him? Is it possible the troubles I, and my family, face are because I have abandoned the Lord? Do I risk the Lord’s punishment?

Frances
Oct 3rd 2011, 05:10 PM
Jeremiah 3

What does the text say? – The Lord told Jeremiah to tell the Judeans they had polluted the land by worshipping the gods of foreign nations, and that is why He had withheld the rain. They say God is their Father and has always been their Guide, yet they take no notice of Him. Although Judah saw how the Lord divorced faithless Israel because of their idol worship Judah did not sincerely return to Him; even faithless Israel is less guilty then treacherous Judah. If they acknowledge their rebellion against the Lord God, He will have Mercy on them and bring them home, and give them Shepherds to teach them His Ways. Then when the population has multiplied Jerusalem will be known as ‘the throne of the Lord’ and all nations will come to honour the Lord there. In those days the people of Israel and Judah will return together from exile, they will return to the land God gave their ancestors as an inheritance forever. The people have looked in vain for salvation from other gods, but truly Salvation is only found in the Lord God of Israel. The people say they will return to God knowing their idol worship is just an illusion and their religious adherence and delusion, and only in the Lord God will they ever find Salvation when they obey Him.

Application? – What gods do the masses in my nation worship? Does everyone who calls themselves a Christian truly serve Jesus Christ - or just rituals and ceremonies? Do I only turn to the Lord when calamity comes? Or am I sincere enough to always submit to Him? Is everything I do pleasing to the Lord? Have I acknowledged my rebellion against the Lord God? Am I willing to learn more of Him from others?

Frances
Oct 4th 2011, 04:06 PM
Jeremiah 4

What does the text say? – the Lord said if Israel destroyed their idols, returned to Him and didn’t stray from Him any more, then they would be a blessing to the nations of the world by encouraging them to praise His Name. If they didn’t return to Him, His anger would burn like an unquenchable flame because of their Sins. Trouble and destruction would come from the north to devastate the land. The king and his officers would tremble with fear, the priests would be struck with sorrow, and the prophets would be appalled, because the people had been deceived by promises of peace but they will be doomed because of their rebellion against the Lord. Jeremiah said he had heard the enemy’s trumpets and the roar of battle cries, he had seen the devastation to come, and the foolishness of the people who don’t know or understand the Lord, but are clever at doing wrong. However, the Lord will not completely destroy the land.

Application? – Am I determined never to stray form the Lord? Does my behaviour encourage others to be faithful, or faithless, to Lord. Have I deceived anyone by promising people Peace with God, but not telling them they must be determined to turn away from everything that displeases Him first?

Quote:- (Henry H. Halley)”The very same year that Jeremiah was Called(626 BC) immense swarms of Barbarians from the north . . .dealt a terrific blow to the tottering Assyrian power. . . On they came like a swarm of locusts, countless, irresistible . .. . Neither age not sex would be spared. The inhabitants would be ruthlessly massacred, or at best be forced to become slaves. Their ravages resembled those of the Huns.”

Frances
Oct 5th 2011, 04:51 PM
Jeremiah 5

What does the text say? – The Lord said if there was even one just and honest person in Jerusalem He would not destroy the city, but even under oath they told lies, and refused to repent, even those who know the Lord God and His ways have refused to obey Him and have disregarded their promises to Him; so they will be destroyed because their rebellion is great and their Sins are many in this lusting and adulterous generation. The Lord God will not destroy the people completely, even though they treacherously lie about Him, saying He won’t bother them and that no disaster, war or famine will come upon them. Therefore because of this, the Lord of Heaven’s armies will burn the people as fire burns kindling wood, and a distant nation will come with deadly weapons used by mighty warriors, to plunder the land. Even in those days the people will not be completely destroyed. Because the people have refused to serve the Lord their God, and serve foreign gods, they will have to serve foreigners in a foreign land. Although His people have grown rich it is through their wickedness, they refuse to provide for the poor and orphans, the prophets give false prophecies and the priests rule with a heavy hand and amazingly the people like it, but what will they do in the end?

Application? – Am I 100% honest and just? Do I always totally obey the Lord? Is what I say about the Lord totally truthful? Do I tell others of the Lord’s wrath against those who disobey Him? Is the disaster in my nation due to me and other people disregarding the Lord God? Do I always tell the truth regarding the Lord?

Frances
Oct 6th 2011, 04:50 PM
Jeremiah 6

What does the text say? – You must get out of Jerusalem and run for your lives! A powerful army is coming from the north with disaster and destruction. Jerusalem will be destroyed; because the Lord has told the enemy to build siege ramps to punish the city for it’s wickedness, violence and plundering. If Jerusalem does not take notice of these warnings the Lord God will turn it into a heap of uninhabited ruins. No one heeds the Lord’s warnings, everyone scorns the Word of the Lord from the least to the greatest their lives are ruled by greed. The prophets and priests are all frauds offering superficial treatments for mortal wounds. They give assurance of peace when there is no peace. Look for the old Godly ways and you will find rest for your souls. No one pays attention , so the Lord will bring disaster on His people because they have rejected His Word. No sacrifice or offering makes any difference and He will put obstacles in His people’s
Path. A great nation is coming from the north who are cruel and show no mercy, to destroy Jerusalem. The Lord’s people are the worst kind of rebel because they lead others to rebel against Him too, so the Lord will discard them.

Application? – Do I take notice of warnings the Lord gives? Do I scorn any part of God’s Word (eg. Gen. 1-11)? Do I tell anyone they will have peace with God if they have not repented of all their Sins, trusting Jesus’ death on the cross to have paid their penalty, and His resurrection to enable them to rise to New Life in Him? or do I tell others a ceremony of some sort is sufficient? Do I pay attention to the Lord’s Warnings? Do I lead others to rebel against the Lord in any way?

Frances
Oct 7th 2011, 04:22 PM
Jeremiah 7


What does the text say? – The Lord told Jeremiah to go to the Temple gate and give His Word to the people, saying that if they must mend their ways He will let them stay in the land. He will be Merciful only if they stop their evil thoughts and deeds; if they stop exploiting the foreigners, orphans and widows, and stop murder and worshipping idols. The Temple being in Jerusalem will not save them because they steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, burn incense to Baal and worship other gods. Just as the Lord destroyed Shiloh so He will destroy the Temple, and send the people into exile. The Lord told Jeremiah not to pray for the people or intercede on their behalf, for He would not hear because the people made offerings to the ‘queen of heaven’ and so provoked Him to anger. When the Lord God had brought their ancestors out of Egypt, He commanded them to obey Him, but they never have obeyed Him and nor will they obey Jeremiah. Therefore the Lord has rejected His people, their corpses will fill the valley of Topheth. Jeremiah must give the people the Lord’s message, but he must not expect them to listen to him. The time is coming when the land will be desolate.

Application? – Do I tell people what the Lord requires of them? Do I put anything or anyone in the Lord God’s rightful place in my life? Do I trust anything except Jesus Sacrifice on the cross to Save me from God‘s wrath regarding my Sin? Do I ask the Lord who He wants me to pray for and how He wants me too pray, or waste time and effort praying for those who have provoked the Lord to anger too many times? Do I always obey the Lord? Do I loose heart when people take no notice when I talk of the Lord?

Quote:- (Henry H. Halley)”the ‘Queen of Heaven’ is Ashtoreth, principle Canaanite female deity, whose worship was accompanied by the most degrading forms of immorality.”

Frances
Oct 8th 2011, 05:02 PM
Jeremiah 8

What does the text say? – The Lord said that at that time the enemy will take the bones from all the graves in Jerusalem and spread them on the round, like dung, before the sun, moon and stars – the gods the people have worshipped – and the people who survive will wish they were dead too, instead of being in captivity. Why do the people stay on their self-destructive path of Sin, why do they refuse to turn back to the Lord? How can anyone know the Word of the Lord if the teachers twist, and subtly change it? They offer superficial help for mortal wounds, giving assurance of peace when there is no peace, so they will be punished for their great Sin, they will have terror instead of peace. The Lord is sending the enemy against His people because they have provoked His anger by worshipping foreign gods. Jeremiah shares his people’s pain and grief but can do nothing to stop the punishment the people have earned.

Application? – Why do people today continue in their self-destructive sinful way of life? Is what I have been taught of God false? Could I be sharing falsehood instead of what the Lord means in His Word? If my nation has earned God’s wrath I will suffer too. What am I doing to encourage others to worship the Lord in the way He wants?

Frances
Oct 15th 2011, 08:34 PM
Jeremiah 9

What does the text say? – Jeremiah was so distressed by the sinfulness of the people that he wished he had somewhere to go to get away from them; he said they were all treacherous and liars, going from one evil to another. No one is trustworthy or trusts anyone else, and they all refuse to acknowledge the Lord God, so He will avenge Himself against them, making Jerusalem a heap of ruins and the cities of Judah desolate. The land will be ruined so no one will want to travel through it, because Baal is worshipped and the people stubbornly follow their own desires, so the Lord will scatter them around the world and chase them with a sword. Corpses will be scattered across the fields like lumps of dung and no one will be left to bury them. Don’t let the wise boast of their wisdom, or the powerful boast of their power, or the rich boast of their riches, the only thing worth boasting about is that they truly know and understand the Lord and His unfailing Love , Justice and Righteousness. The time is coming when the Lord will punish all who are circumcised in body but not in spirit, like pagan nations God’s people have uncircumcised hearts.

Application? – Do I ever say what is not 100% true? Do I ever say what is true, but say it in such a way that my intention is to deceive? Does everything I do and say please the Lord? Am I totally trustworthy? Do I do what I want or what the Lord wants me to do? Do I do my best to know and understand the Lord? have I allowed the Lord to circumcise my spirit?

Frances
Oct 26th 2011, 02:55 PM
(the gap ws caused by a rather frought time in USA with sick relatives)

Jeremiah 9

What does the text say? – Jeremiah was so distressed by the sinfulness of the people that he wished he had somewhere to go to get away from them; he said they were all treacherous and liars, going from one evil to another; no one is trustworthy or trusts anyone else, and they all refuse to acknowledge the Lord God, so He will avenge Himself against them, making Jerusalem a heap of ruins and the cities of Judah desolate. The land will be ruined so no one will want to travel through it, because Baal is worshipped and the people stubbornly follow their own desires, so the Lord will scatter them around the world and chase them with a sword. Corpses will be scattered across the fields like lumps of dung and no one will be left to bury them. Don’t let the wise boast of their wisdom, or the powerful boast of their power, or the rich boast of their riches, the only thing worth boasting about is that they truly know and understand the Lord and His unfailing Love , Justice and Righteousness. The time is coming when the Lord will punish all who are circumcised in body but not in spirit, like pagan nations God’s people have uncircumcised hearts.

Application? – Do I ever say what is not 100% true? Do I ever say what is true, but say it in such a way that my intention is to deceive? Does everything I do and say please the Lord? Am I totally trustworthy? Do I do what I want or what the Lord wants me to do? Do I do my best to know and understand the Lord? Have I allowed the Lord to circumcise my spirit?

Frances
Oct 27th 2011, 04:53 PM
Jeremiah 10

What does the text say? – The Lord says His people must not act like other folk who try to read their future in the stars, nor must they fear the predictions of those who do, for their ways are futile and foolish; they fell a tree, then use part of it to make an idol and part as firewood, they cover the idol with gold and silver but it can not stand, move or do either evil or good. There is none like You, Lord, who is King of the nations, there is none like You O Lord. An idol is worthless however skilfully made, decorated and dressed. The Lord God made the heavens and the earth, He makes lightening, rain and wind. Those who worship idols are foolish, the craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make for they are a fraud with no breath or power. The God of Israel is no idol, He is the Creator of everything that exists, He is the Lord of Heaven’s armies. The siege is about to begin, the Lord will throw the inhabitants of the land out; because the people no longer seek wisdom from Him they will fail completely. I know our lives are not our own, so correct me Lord, but not in anger. Pour out Your fury on those who don’t acknowledge You.

Application? – Do I read horoscopes?
Do I act on what others tell me they contain?
Do I worship the Lord God who made Heaven and Earth (or evolution)?
Do I accept correction as from the Lord?

Frances
Oct 28th 2011, 04:30 PM
Jeremiah 11+12

What does the text say? – The Lord said He curses those who don’t obey the Covenant He made with their ancestors; they don’t obey Him because they worship other gods, so He will bring calamity on them, and they will not escape. Their idols will not save them. The Lord told Jeremiah not to pray for those idol worshippers, for He wouldn’t listen because they rejoice in doing evil. The Lord of Heaven’s armies who raised the descendants of Jacob has ordered their destruction, for the people of Israel and Judah had made Him angry, by burning incense to Baal. Jeremiah knew that when he gave the Lord’s message in Anathoth, his home city, the men there planned to kill him and he asked the Lord to take vengeance on them. Therefore the Lord said their punishment would be for the young men to die by the sword and the women and children to die by famine. Jeremiah asked the Lord why the wicked – those who have the Lord on their lips but not in their hearts – prosper. The Lord replied that if racing men on foot wearied him, how could he race against horses? Even members of his own family had turned against him and he must not trust them no matter how pleasantly they spoke. The Lord said His people would have to leave the land, but He would bring the people of Judah back, and if the attacking nations truly learn to trust Him they will belong with His people, but only if they obey Him.

Application? – Could the Lord regard anything I do as evil? Do I speak of the Lord but not love Him enough to obey Him? Have any of my family turned against me because I speak of the Lord and what He requires of us? Do I trust them? Do I always obey the Lord?

Frances
Oct 29th 2011, 04:25 PM
Jeremiah 13

What does the text say? – The Lord told Jeremiah to get a linen loin-cloth, to keep it dry, and to put it round his waist. Then He told Jeremiah to go to the Euphrates and hide the loin-cloth in a hole in the rocks- which he did. Some time later the Lord told him to go and dig up the loin-cloth; it was ruined and useless. The Lord said that in the same way He would ruin the pride of Judah and Jerusalem. As the loin-cloth is made to cling tightly to a man’s waist, so the people of Judah became His people to cling to Him, to Glorify Him, but they don’t fulfil their purpose – so He will destroy them. Jeremiah told the people their pride would cause their captivity; so he wept for them as armies were going to come from the north. Yet there was still time for the people to stop being evil and start being good. Because the people have forgotten the Lord and trusted in falsehood, so Lord would shame them because of their abominations.

Application? – God Saved me to Glorify Him and lead others to the Lord Jesus Christ, so they might also be Saved; do I fulfil that purpose? If I am not sharing the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ there is still time for me to start fulfilling the purpose that I have been given New Life for – to stop being useless and start being useful to the Lord. Do I intend to spend the rest of my life Glorifying Him?

Frances
Oct 30th 2011, 06:50 PM
Jeremiah 14+15

What does the text say? – The Lord told Jeremiah there would be a drought that would cause famine, to punish their Sins; then the Lord told him not to pray for the people, and if they fasted He would take no notice also He would not accept their sacrifices but would continue to send war, famine and disease. Jeremiah told the Lord the prophets were telling the people that He was saying there would be no war or famine and assured them of peace; the Lord said the prophets told lies as He had not spoken to them, so they would all die through war or famine. Jeremiah asked the Lord if He had completely rejected Judah and confessed the Sins of his people and their ancestors, and asked Him not to abandon them as that would bring disgrace on Him.
The Lord said He would not change His mind even if Moses and Samuel pleaded on their behalf, He was tired of relenting, He would hand their wealth and treasures to His people’s enemies and they would be taken to a foreign land. Jeremiah pleaded for his own life, saying he was suffering for doing as the Lord told him and he had not acted against Him; then the Lord said if the people turned back to Him He would bring them back home, and Jeremiah would be His mouthpiece, he must influence the people, but must not be influenced by them. The people would attack Jeremiah but not conquer him as the Lord would protect him and rescue him from their cruelty.

Application? – Do ‘natural disasters’ always signify the Lord’s Anger? Have I ever given a false prophecy? Do I confess the Sins of my nation to the Lord? Do the Sins of those who call themselves Christians distress me? Could the Lord be tired of forgiving my Sins? Would I be wise to be more obedient to Him? I must expect to suffer because I obey the Lord. Am I influenced in any way by ‘the world’? Do I know the Lord will not allow me to suffer beyond what I can bear if I am true to Him?

Frances
Oct 31st 2011, 04:52 PM
Jeremiah 16+17

What does the text say? – The Lord told Jeremiah he must not get married or have children, because the people of the land would all have gruesome deaths and be eaten by wild beasts, for He had removed His loving kindness, mercy and peace from them because the people and their ancestors had turned away from Him and His Law to serve other gods and their own evil desires and they refuse to listen to Him; so He will send them to a foreign land where they can worship idols day and night. One day the Lord will bring the people back to the land He gave their ancestors and they will know He is the Lord. The Sin of Judah is written on their hearts and the Lord has cursed those who rely on human strength and Blessed those who put their trust in Him, and they will be like a tree growing by a stream that bears fruit when others die of drought. The Lord searches the hearts and minds of the people and all who forsake Him will be disgraced. If the Lord Heals me I shall be Healed and if He Saves me I shall be Saved. I praise Him alone, He alone is my hope in the day of disaster. The Lord told Jeremiah to go to the gates of Jerusalem and tell all the people going in and out they must not buy or sell on the Sabbath and that if they continue to trade on His Holy day then Jerusalem will fall.

Application? – Do I listen to, and obey, the Lord? What does the Lord see written on my heart and mind? Do I rely on human strength instead of the Lord? Do I allow the Lord to Heal me mentally and spiritually? Or do I only want physical Healing from Him? Am I being Saved? If so, one day I will be Saved if I continue to put all my trust in the Lord. Do I constantly draw my nourishment from the Lord Jesus Christ? Do I bear Fruit for Him?

Frances
Nov 1st 2011, 05:51 PM
Jeremiah 18+19

What does the text say? – The Lord told Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house, when there he saw the potter destroy something imperfect and make it into something else. The Lord said His people are in His Hands, like the imperfect pot in the hands of the potter. If He says a nation or kingdom is to be destroyed but it renounces it’s evil ways, He will not destroy it, and if He says He will Bless a nation but it then does not obey Him He will not Bless it. Then the Lord sent Jeremiah to tell the people of Judah and Jerusalem that if they didn’t change their ways disaster would come on them; the people told Jeremiah not to waste his breath for they would live how they wanted to. Therefore the Lord said that because His people had rejected Him and worshipped idols He would make their land a desolate monument to their stupidity, He would scatter His people before their enemies, and turn His back on them. The people plotted to spread rumours about Jeremiah and ignore what he said. Then Jeremiah told the Lord the people had dug a pit to kill him even though he’d tried to protect them from the Lord’s Anger – then he asked the Lord to ensure they suffered because they had turned against him, he asked the Lord not to forgive the people’s Sins and to deal with them in anger. The Lord told Jeremiah to take a clay pot and some elders and priests to the rubbish tip outside Jerusalem, and tell them the Lord would make the city a heap of ruins, a monument to stupidity; their enemies would lay siege to the city, then as the people watched him, he must smash the pot to demonstrate how The Lord will smash Jerusalem and Judah. Jeremiah did as the Lord commanded him.

Application? – If I let Him, the Lord will make my life into something good and useful to Him. The Lord has sent each of His people, me included, to tell others of Sin and Salvation. Am I rejected by those I seek to help? Is my present life a monument to my stupidity? Do I ignore good advise? Do I get angry when my advise is ignored? Do I always obey the Lord – however difficult it may be?

Frances
Nov 2nd 2011, 05:52 PM
Jeremiah 20+21

What does the text say? – The Chief Governor of the Temple’s son, Pashur, put Jeremiah into stocks at the Benjamin gate. When he was released Jeremiah told Passur the Lord had re-named him Magor-Missabib (fear on every side) because he would live in terror as his family and friends were murdered or made captive, and they, and all the treasures of Jerusalem, were taken to Babylon. Jeremiah complained to the Lord that He had made him a laughing stock because he gave the Lord’s message to the His people, and he wished he was dead. King Zedekaih sent Pashur and Zephaniah to Jeremiah, asking him to inquire from the Lord regarding Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who declared war on Jerusalem. The Lord replied that He would make the weapons of His people useless, and bring their enemies into the city, He would also fight the people Himself, because they had infuriated Him; and all who survived the disease, war and famine would be taken to Babylon. The Lord said the descendants of David must give justice to the people, help those who have been robbed and rescue the oppressed, otherwise His fury will be an unquenchable fire and they will be punished for their sinfulness.

Application? – What is the Lord’s name for me? Does Satan hold me captive, or do I fulfil the conditions of Salvation. Am I discouraged when the message the Lord tells me to give is constantly disregarded? Could the Lord be bringing enemies of the people into my nation to control it? Do I do all I can to ensure others receive justice? Do I help the needy? Do I rescue the oppressed?

Frances
Nov 3rd 2011, 05:18 PM
Jeremiah 22+23

What does the text say? – The Lord said if the king ensures evil is stopped and justice always prevails in the land, the descendants of David will continue to be kings, but if they don’t obey Him but rule with unrighteousness and injustice their palaces will become piles of rubble because they have worshipped other gods. Josiah gave justice and helped the poor and needy, but his son Jehoiakim is greedy, dishonest, and reigns ruthlessly, so no one will mourn his death. The Lord will abandon Jehoiachin, Jehoiakim’s son, hand him over to Nebuchadnezzar, and none of his children will be king of Judah. The leaders of the Lord’s people have destroyed those they should have cared for and driven them to destruction; but the Lord will gather the remainder of them from the countries they have gone to, then He will appoint leaders who will care for them. The time is coming when the Lord will raise up a righteous descendant from David who will rule wisely and be called the ‘Lord is our Righteousness’. Jeremiah was distressed by all the false prophets and ungodly priests, and said the Lord will bring disaster on them. The Lord will bring disaster on the false prophets who tell those who despise Him that they will have peace – instead a whirlwind of the Lord’s anger will come on those who do not obey Him, for no one can hide from the Lord. The Lord’s Word burns like fire and can smash a rock. The Lord is against the false prophets whose imaginary dreams are flagrant lies, and they will be cast from His Presence.

Application? – Do I ensure I give justice and help when it is my power to do so? If I speak in the Name of the Lord do I ensure what I say is not my own ‘intelligent thoughts’ or desires?

Frances
Nov 4th 2011, 04:48 PM
Jeremiah 24+25

What does the text say? – the Lord showed Jeremiah 2 baskets of figs outside the Temple, after Nebuchadnezzar had taken king Jehoiakim’s son Jechoniah with the leaders, craftsmen and artisans of Judah to Babylon. One basket contained very good figs, the other very bad figs. The good figs represented those who had been sent away captive, for their own good, and He would bring them back to the land after 70 years when they had the desire to know Him and wholeheartedly be His people, and obey Him their God. But Zedekiah king of Judah and those left in Jerusalem, and those in Egypt, He would treat like bad figs and send war, famine and disease on them wherever He scattered them, and they would be mocked and cursed.
Jeremiah told the people of Judah and Jerusalem that as they had disregarded him and other prophets for 10 years, when they were told that if only they repented and stopped worshipping other gods, the Lord would let them stay in the land He had given them – yet they had not listened. Therefore He would bring Nebuchadnezzar to destroy them, and the land would be desolate for 70 years. After 70 years the Lord would punish the kings of Babylon and destroy that land. The Lord gave Jeremiah a cup of His Anger to give to the kings of all the kingdoms of the world. The Lord was bringing trouble and war against them, and there would be no escape from the Lord’s Anger.

Application? – am I guilty of disregarding the Lord God and His Word? Do I worship other gods (anything, or anyone, that takes first place in my life)? If so, are difficulties I face my own fault?

Frances
Nov 5th 2011, 04:58 PM
Jeremiah 26+27

What does the text say? – When Josiah’s son Jehoiakim became king, the Lord told Jeremiah to stand in the Temple and proclaim that unless the people listen to the Lord and obey His Law and prophets He would destroy the Temple and make Jerusalem a curse to all nations. When Jeremiah obeyed the Lord the people decided he deserved to die, so Jeremiah said if they mended their ways the Lord would relent, but if they killed him it would be murder of an innocent man; then some of the Elders reminded the people that something similar had happened in the reign of Hezekiah. Urijah also prophesied at that time in the Lord’s Name in the same way as Jeremiah and Jehoiakim wanted to put him to death. Urijah escaped to Egypt but Hezekaih’s men took him back, and he was killed. Shaphan’s son Ahikam would not let them kill Jeremiah.
The Lord told Jeremiah to send yokes back to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon by messenger and to tell them the Lord, who created all things, had given all their lands to Nebuchadnezzar, his son and grandson, then Babylon would be conquered. They must submit to Babylon’s king or the Lord would send war, famine and disease and if anyone prophecies anything else they lie. All the gold and bronze the Babylonians took from the Temple the Lord would return in due time.

Application? – Do I listen to, and obey the Lord? Does my obedience to the Lord anger others? If obeying the Lord could mean my death would I still obey Him? Would I protect the Lord’s servant whose life was in danger? How would I react if I was told the well-being of my nation depended on everyone submitting to the Lord? Would I be wise to totally submit to Him now?

Frances
Nov 6th 2011, 12:56 PM
Jeremiah 28+29

What does the text say? – At the beginning of Zedekiah’s reign Hananiah from Gibeon said to Jeremiah, in front of the priests and people in the temple, that the Lord God said He had broken the yoke of Babylon, and everyone and everything that had been taken there would be returned within 2 years, and he broke the yoke on Jeremiah’s neck. Jeremiah said he would like it to be true. Later he told Hananiah he had broken a yoke of wood, but it was replaced by a yoke of iron, and accused him of making the people trust in a lie, and because of that he would die that year. Hananiah died 2 months later.
Jeremiah wrote to the captives in Babylon saying the Lord wanted them to make themselves at home and rear families in Babylon, seek the peace of that city and pray for it, for then they, too, would have peace. All prophets giving a contrary word were false, for only after 70 years would they return to their homeland. The Lord was giving them a future and a hope, for then they would seek Him with all their hearts and find Him, He would listen to their prayers and bring them back from captivity, but all those still in Jerusalem would be pursued by sword, famine and pestilence, because they did not heed His Word, and prophets in Babylon who said differently would be punished by the Lord.

Application? – Could I have ever encouraged anyone to believe a lie about God? Do I seek the Lord with my whole heart? Do I heed His Word? Do I pray within His Will?

Frances
Nov 7th 2011, 04:16 PM
Jeremiah 30+31
What does the text say? – The Lord told Jeremiah He would return Israel and Judah to the land He gave to their ancestors. The present time (in captivity) was one of trouble for Jacob’s descendants but one day they would serve the Lord their God and He would save them; then the nations they were living among would be disciplined. The Lord’s people were more concerned about their discomfort than their Sin that was it’s cause. The Lord said when He brought His people home they would renew buildings on the old foundations, the people would be happy and the Lord would punish their oppressors, they would be His people and He would be their God.
The Lord loves His people with an everlasting Love and will draw them back to Himself from the ends of the earth. Their mourning will turn to joy when they return to the Lord. He will make a New Covenant with His people. Everyone will know Him and He will Forgive and forget their Sins. The Lord is as likely to reject His people as He is to abolish the Laws of nature.

Application? – Do I serve the Lord God or someone/something else? Am I more concerned about my problems or how to correct them (eg. by repentance)? Am I one of the Lord’s people, by birth or adoption? Am I one of His New Covenant people? The Lord has never replaced the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in His affections.

Frances
Nov 8th 2011, 04:57 PM
Jeremiah 32+33

What does the text say? – Jeremiah was imprisoned by king Zedekiah because he prophesied that Jerusalem would fall to the king of Babylon, and that Zedekiah and the people would be taken to Babylon. The Lord told Jeremiah that his uncle would ask him to buy his field; which he did, and Jeremiah bought the field. Jeremiah gave the deed of purchase to Baruch in front of witnesses, saying the Lord said houses, fields and vineyards would be possessed again in the land. He prayed to God exalting His Creative Power and that nothing is too hard for Him to accomplish, expressing his trust in God and His Word. Then the Lord told Jeremiah that one day, after the people had been punished for worshipping other gods, He would bring His people back home, they would have one heart and one mind to trust Him, and He would do them only good.
Later, when Jeremiah was still in prison, the Lord said if he Called to Him He would answer and show him it was no use the people defending themselves against the Babylonians for He had abandoned them because of their wickedness; but one day the captives would return, be prosperous and have peace, and will know His faithful Love endures forever. Then He would raise up a righteous descendant of David and the people will know the Lord is their righteousness. His Covenant with David will only be broken if day does not follow night; the Lord will never abandon His people and there will always be a descendant of David to rule.


Application? – If I faithfully deliver the Lord’s Word I must expect to be ostracised. Do I recognise God’s supremacy in all things? Could my problems be punishment for worshipping other gods? Do I trust the Lord God completely, and in His faithfulness enduring forever? Do I know my only righteousness comes from the Lord? Do I allow Jesus Christ to rule my life?

Frances
Nov 9th 2011, 05:06 PM
Jeremiah 34+35

What does the text say? – Nebuchadnezzar was fighting against Jerusalem and Judah when the Lord told Jeremiah to tell Zedekiah He was giving the city to Nebuchadnezzar to burn, and that Zedekiah would be taken to Babylon but would not be killed; when he died he would be mourned by the people. Zedekiah made a Covenant in the Lord’s Name to free all their slaves, and did so; later they forced all their former slaves to return to slavery – defiling the Lord’s Name, so the Lord said He would punish them and all the cities of Judah would be without inhabitants.
When Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, was king the Lord told Jeremiah to take the Rechabites to the Temple and give them wine to drink, which he did. The Rechabites refused to drink the wine as their ancestor Jonadab had said they must not drink wine, have fields, grow crops or live in houses. They had always obeyed him ever since, only coming to Jerusalem for fear of the Babylonians. Then the Lord told Jeremiah to tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem that Jonadab’s descendants had always obeyed him, yet God’s people did not obey Him, therefore doom would come upon them because they had not obeyed Him, however, Jonadab would always have descendants who serve Him.

Application? – Have I ever broken a promise to the Lord? Am I obedient to promises by, or to, my forebears?

Frances
Nov 10th 2011, 05:21 PM
Jeremiah 36

What does the text say? – When Jehoiakim had been king 4 years the Lord told Jeremiah to write down everything He had said to him regarding Israel and Judah, then perhaps the people would take notice. Jeremiah sent for Baruch and dictated what the Lord had said to him; then as he was imprisoned, he sent Baruch to the Temple on a day of fasting (when people from the area would gather in the temple) to read the scroll. When Michaiah, the grandson of Shaphan, heard everything Baruch said he went and told the leaders of the people gathered in the king’s house. They sent for Baruch and listened to what Jeremiah had said. They promised to tell the king and advised Jeremiah and Baruch to hide. The king was sitting by the fire and when Jehudi had read a few columns the king cut them off and burnt them, until the whole scroll was burnt. Neither he, nor his courtiers, took any notice of what was read. The king sent his son to arrest Jeremiah and Baruch, but the Lord hid them. Then the Lord told Jeremiah to dictate for Baruch again, which he did, remembering more than he had before. The Lord also said none of Jehoiakim’s descendants would become king and his body would remain unburied.

Application? – Do I take notice of what the Lord has said? Do I, metaphorically, cut out portions of God’s Word that I don’t agree with, and disregard it? Have I turned against those who try to ensure I hear the Truth?

Frances
Nov 12th 2011, 04:39 PM
Jeremiah 39+40

What does the text say? – The siege of Jerusalem lasted 18 months before the Babylonians broke in. Zedekiah fled towards the Jordan valley, but the Babylonians caught him. Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah watch as his sons were killed, then his eyes were put out and he was led to Babylon with the people, in chains, and Jerusalem was burnt. A few of the poorest people were left in the land to tend the vineyards and fields. Gedaliah, who was made Governor, was told to look after Jeremiah, until he was taken with the people. The Lord promised to rescue Ebel-melech (who had rescued Jeremiah) because he trusted Him. Jeremiah was allowed to choose to either go to Babylon or remain in Judah, so he returned to Gedaliah at Mizpah. There were guerrilla bands in the country who heard Gedaliah had been made Governor so went to him at Mizpah; Gedaliah advised them to serve the Babylonians and work the land. Some Judeans who had escaped to other nations began to return home. Some guerrilla leaders told Gedaliah the king of Ammon had sent Ishmael to murder him, but Gedaliah didn’t believe it, and wouldn’t let Johanan kill Ishmael as he thought it was a lie.

Application? – Do I trust the Lord enough to do His Will in His Way? Do I ignore the Lord’s messengers, and so shorten my life unnecessarily?

Frances
Nov 13th 2011, 04:32 PM
Jeremiah 41-43

What does the text say? – Before long Ishmael went with 10 men and killed Gedaliah who Nebuchadnezzar had made Governor of the land, and all the Jews with him. Two days later 80 men arrived bringing offerings for the Temple, and Ishmael killed 70 of them, the other 10 said they had treasure they would share. Then Ishmael took all the people in Mizpah captive, including Jeremiah and Baruch. When Johanan heard what had happened he went to fight Ishmael and found him by the pool in Gibeon, but Ishmael escaped. Johanan took the people to a village near Bethlehem where they prepared to go to Egypt, for fear of the Babylonians.
The people asked Jeremiah to ask the Lord God what they should do, and promised to obey Him. 10 days later the Lord answered Jeremiah’s prayer; saying they must remain in the land, then He would rescue them by making the Babylonian king allow them to return to their own land. But if they went to Egypt the war and famine they feared would overtake them, and they’d die there.
Despite their promise to obey the Lord, Johanan and his men took all the people, including Jeremiah and Baruch, to Egypt, where Jeremiah prophesied that the king of Babylon would conquer Egypt.

Application? – If I disobey the Lord I will suffer – wherever I may go, trying to escape, for I cannot escape from Him.

Frances
Nov 14th 2011, 04:17 PM
Jeremiah 44,45+46

What does the text say? – In Egypt, the God of Israel told Jeremiah to tell the people He had destroyed their land because the people had disregarded Him for many years and worshipped other gods, although they’d been warned by His prophets time after time. All the people who’d gone to Egypt would die in war or famine to stop them returning to Judah – but the people refused to listen to Jeremiah, saying they’d had a good life when worshipping the queen of heaven (Ashtoreth) so would continue to worship her. Jeremiah said it was those offerings to the queen of heaven that drove the Lord to punish them for not obeying Him. The Lord also said He would ensure Hophra, king of Egypt was killed.
The Lord told Baruch he wouldn’t become great but would have his life as his reward for obedience.
The Lord told Jeremiah Nebuchadnezzar would declare war on Egypt and win, but afterwards the land would recover. The Israelites must not fear or be dismayed for their descendants would return to Judah, for the Lord would make an end to the nations that exiled them, while His people would only be disciplined with justice.

Application? – Why do some people call Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, the ‘queen of heaven’ and worship her, don’t they realise that was the name given to Ashteroth – could they, unwittingly, also be worshipping a ‘foreign god’? What the Lord says He will do He will always make happen in His time.

Frances
Nov 15th 2011, 04:40 PM
Jeremiah 47-52

Quote:- (Henry H. Halley) –

“ Chapter 47 – “ foretelling the desolation of Philistia by Babylon, was fulfilled 20 years later when Nebuchadnezzar took Judah .

Chapter 48 – A picture of impending desolation of Moab (which) helped Nebuchadnezzar against Judah, but was later devastated by him (582 BC). For centuries the land had lain desolate and sparsely inhabited, the ruins of it’s many cities testifying to it’s ancient populousness.

Chapter 49 – A prediction that Nebuchadnezzar would conquer Ammon, Edom, Syria, Hazor, and Elam; which he did. (see Ezekiel 25:1-11 and Obadiah).

Chapter 50+51 – The fall and perpetual desolation of Babylon is here predicted, in language matching the grandeur of the theme (51:37-43), as Isaiah had done earlier (Isaiah 13:17-22). The Medes, leading a great company of nations, are named as the conquerors (50:9; 51:11, 27, 28). These two chapters, pronouncing the doom of Babylon, were copied into a separate book, and sent to Babylon, in a deputation headed by King Zedekiah, seven years before Nebuchadnezzar burned Jerusalem (51:59-64). The book was to be read publicly and then, in solemn ceremony, sunk in the Euphrates, with these words, “Thus shall Babylon sink and not rise.”

Chapter 52 - Captivity of Judah (see 2 Kings 24, 25)”