Today’s Tasting: The Ammonites influenced some of those left in Judah to assassinate Gedaliah, the Governor of Babylon, along with seventy men of Judah. They captured some of their own men to carry away to Egypt.
Because some in Judah lived in fear of war, hunger, and death, Jeremiah prophesied if they fled to Egypt, they would see their fears come to pass. Jeremiah continued to warn Judah to trust the Lord in the place they lived and not flee to Egypt. Yet, these warnings fell on deaf ears. They entered Egypt in disobedience to the Lord. Armed forces captured and took the remnant of Judah, Jeremiah, and Baruch to Egypt.
Jeremiah took large stones and hid them in the mortar at the entrance of Pharaoh’s Egyptian palace. Judah watched and heard Jeremiah’s warning that God would position Nebuchadnezzar over those in Egypt, just as the mortar covered the stones.
They forgot and abandoned their worship of God to set their faces toward Egypt. Judah refused to listen to Jeremiah’s words from the Lord:
“My great name shall no more be invoked by Judah” (Jeremiah 44:26).
Baruch, Jeremiah’s scribe dictated Jeremiah’s words of warning from the Lord:
- I am weary with groaning and I find no rest
- What I have built, I am breaking down
- What I have planted, I am plucking up
- If you seek great things for yourself, I will bring destruction
Today’s Nourishment: Has everything fallen apart in your life like it had for Judah? How would they every get their lives back?
It seemed that their first downfall was forgetting to pray to God’s great name and abandoning worship to Him. They sought great things for themselves, rather than seeking God and His kingdom first. Because Judah’s ways became as other nations around them, they experienced destruction.
How will you get your life back? First, I suggest that you call on the Name of the Lord. Truly call on Him. Second, worship Jesus Christ and Him alone. Third, seek His Kingdom and you will live in righteousness, joy, and peace that only He brings.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Jeremiah 46-48
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC
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