Today’s Tasting: Jeremiah 23-25
Chapter 23: We see God warning His people of the coming judgment and His mercies. Judgment is coming to the leaders of the people. He expects pastoral care the truth of His Word to be taught, heard, and lived. Bad leaders lead people to sin, not to God. They say, “All is well,” when in reality, everything is falling apart. In Jeremiah 23:29, “His Word is like a fire, a hammer that breaks rocks into pieces” (paraphrase mine). The hearts not humbled is like a rock. A heart not melted by the Word, God’s holy fire, will break into a million pieces by Him.
Chapter 24: God calls to repentance. God wants to build up His people and renew the covenant love relationship by changing hearts. God expects His people to hear His warnings and change the direction of their lives from sin to His righteousness.
Jeremiah saw a vision of two baskets of figs with one full of plump, beautiful figs. Here God warns and calls His people to repentance before the sure judgment that will fall because of their sin. God speaks to the arrogance of the nation that thinks it may avoid judgment. Yet, judgment starts with the house or city of God. He judges us when we refuse to hear and obey His Word. Then, God descends from His heavenly throne room to judge the nations. The Lord even uses unbelieving, proud leaders to discipline and punish His people for their sin.
Today’s Nourishment: The Lord longs for us to repent. He waits for us to surrender. He judges and He freely gives His mercy. His mercy endures forever. The Lord is just and Holy. Surrender to Jesus. Everyday, as Believers we surrender to His Holiness and Justice and all that He Is. Heaven opens up and floods us with His mercy.
Pray with me: Heavenly Father, have mercy on me. We thank you for your mercy and loving kindness. You didn’t create us for destruction, but for life and fellowship. Help us to continually walk with you in humility, seeking your face and truth. Have mercy on this nation and your people. Give us leaders that honor Your Word and speak your truth. Thank you, Jesus! In Jesus precious name we ask these things. Amen!
Tomorrow’s Delight: Jeremiah 26-29
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