April 7, 2023
DAY 97 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: Jeremiah 9:23-25; 11:1-5
Today our Journey Through The Bible In A Year takes us through chapters 7-11 of Jeremiah. God is angry with His people and is preparing to judge them for their sins. They had a choice. They chose to reject Him.
Take some time to seek God’s guidance and understanding for our journey through Jeremiah 7-11 today. Read Jeremiah 7-11. Let’s journey!
Jeremiah 7-11: Jeremiah speaks of the sin of God’s people, who worshiped false gods. They worshiped god’s made from stone and wood – materials that the God of Israel created. God’s people, the circumcised, chose to violate the covenant made with God; to live a life that rejoiced in sin and not God’s glory. The children of Israel had broken the covenant. (Jeremiah 7:1-11:23)
Today we have two sets of focus verses. Our first set of focus verses:
23This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.
(Jeremiah 9:23-24, NIV)
The first set of focus verses warn against boasting about our accomplishments. Bragging comes easy. Restraint is much harder to master. It is difficult for the mere intelligence of a human to grasp the fact everything thing we do is accomplished through the gifts that God gives us. Some chose to exercise His gifts for good. Some chose to exercise those gifts for evil. Most of us are inconsistent in the use of His gifts, mixing good and bad deeds as we pass through life. Do you ever consider where your special gifts come from? Do you ever take the time to thank Him for them? It is a humbling experience, as it is supposed to be, to give credit where credit is due. The reward is personalizing your relationship with God.
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2“Listen to the terms of this covenant and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem. 3Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant— 4the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God. 5Then I will fulfill the oath I swore to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey’—the land you possess today.” I answered, “Amen, Lord.”
(Jeremiah 11:1-5, NIV)
Our second set of focus verses share the problem and consequences that the children of Israel faced. They wanted the blessings of God that the covenant provided but did not want to honor their commitment to live Godly lives. They chose to live lives filled with sin and many even chose to worship idols of foreign nations. As Christians, we have covenanted with Christ to diligently seek to live lives pleasing to Him. Christ, just like the Father, will execute justice upon His return. Are you living the covenant you made with Jesus?
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