May 21, 2021
DAY 139: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we continue our journey through the book of Jeremiah. Following the Lord is not always easy and those who speak God’s word will not always be listened to, nor will their warnings be headed.
Pray for God’s understanding of Jeremiah 37-41. Read Jeremiah 37-41. Let’s journey!
Jeremiah was called to be a prophet to the tribes of Benjamin and Judah, which surrounded the city of Jerusalem, during the reign of the final five kings of Judah. Jeremiah began his prophesying during the reign of Josiah, the last righteous king. Like the book of Isaiah, Jeremiah offers both warnings of coming judgment, and a message of hope.
Jeremiah 37-41: Jeremiah’s words are ignored by most, and he is imprisoned. Jerusalem falls to the armies of Babylon, led by King Nebuchadnezzar. The officials who had refused to listen to Jeremiah and heed his warnings were tracked down and brutally killed. King Zedekiah was bound and taken to Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar spared Jeremiah and freed him from the prison in which he was being held. King Nebuchadnezzar allowed some Israelites to remain and work the land. Jeremiah chose to stay with them. Some Jews who had fled, also returned to Judah. A rebellion and murder of the Judean governor threatened what little peace was left. (Jeremiah 37:1-41:18)
As you read chapters 37 through 41, consider the following: What message is being given and to whom? What is the response to the message? Jeremiah’s messages were rejected by the Israelites. Consider, is there a message God is trying to give you that you are rejecting?
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