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April 14, 2023

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Focus Verses For Today: Jeremiah 15:18-21

Our journey today continues through the book of Jeremiah, who was a prophet who had been given an extremely hard assignment from the Lord. Without the Lord’s help, it would have been an impossible assignment. Jeremiah deli vered the prophecy of the Lord’s coming judgment on the people with whom he lived and was related. He not only was to share the Word of the Lord with the people who had forsaken the Lord for false gods, but Jeremiah was also to live a life that reflected obedience to the Lord. The task is so daunting that Jeremiah stumbles but does not fall.

Before reading today’s scripture, take some time and pray, asking God to grant you wisdom and understanding of what you are about to read. Read Jeremiah 12-16. Let’s journey!

JeremiahJeremiah 12-16: Jeremiah reveals God’s ultimate frustration with the Israelites. Although God had delivered them many times from judgment for forsaking His word and worshipping false gods, like their ancestors this generation returned to idol worship and sin-filled living. They offered sacrifices and prayers to God which were not acceptable to Him because they chose to lead a life that opposed God. They chose lives dedicated to sin and worshiped false gods. Jeremiah was chosen to pronounce the fruits of their labor to them. (Jeremiah 12:1-16:21)

Today’s focus verses find Jeremiah questioning God and His response:

18 Why is my pain unending
    and my wound grievous and incurable?
You are to me like a deceptive brook,
    like a spring that fails.
19 Therefore this is what the Lord says:
“If you repent, I will restore you
    that you may serve me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,
    you will be my spokesman.
Let this people turn to you,
    but you must not turn to them.
20 I will make you a wall to this people,
    a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you
    but will not overcome you,
for I am with you
    to rescue and save you,”
declares the Lord.
21 I will save you from the hands of the wicked
    and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.”
(Jeremiah 15:18-21, NIV)

Jeremiah suffered because he lived a life that was pleasing to God. He must have grown weary as he was constantly rebuffed by the people to whom he was to minister. No one listened to him – they listened to false prophets because the false prophets didn’t challenge them to examine their lives in light of God’s commands to his people Israel. When they rejected Jeremiah’s message – they rejected God. Who do you worship? What do you worship? Are you challenged?


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