Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 76 Tuesday

Jeremiah 42:1-43:13

Here is something that I found interesting in the opening verses of chapter 42. The people came to Jeremiah and asked him to pray "to the LORD thy God" (verses 2, 3, and 5) and Jeremiah replied by saying that he would pray "to the LORD your God" for them. He reminded them that Jehovah was their God, or at least He should have been! They seemed to have claimed Him - briefly - in verse 6 when they call Him "the LORD our God." They soon proved that they really did not consider Jehovah to be their God! As a result, Jeremiah found himself in Egypt under duress.

Does God issue any commands?

  • In answer to the prayer that Jeremiah made on behalf of the people, God told Jeremiah to tell them that He would protect the remnant that remained in the land but that they were not to go to Egypt! They were to trust God and not in the safety that they perceived they would find in Egypt.
  • In Egypt, God told Jeremiah to take large stones and hide them in the clay in the brick kiln near Pharaoh's palace. Then he was to tell the Jews that Nebuchadnezzar would conquer the Egyptians and would set his throne upon those stones.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised to protect the remnant as long as they remained in Judah but He promised that the sword, pestilence, and famine would overtake them if they went to Egypt. They would not return to Judah.
  • God promised that Nebuchadnezzar would destroy the idols and idol houses of Egypt.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Like Nebuchadnezzar, Jesus will destroy all false forms of worship and idolatry when He comes as triumphant conqueror and servant of God.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • God promised that Nebuchadnezzar would set his throne upon the stones hidden by Jeremiah signifying that God was going to set up Nebuchadnezzar as ruler over Egypt. God has promised that He will set up the throne of Jesus upon the earth and this prophecy will one day be fulfilled just as the prophecies concerning Nebuchadnezzar were. God sets up rulers and He takes them away. God's prophecies are always fulfilled because God keeps His promises.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 76 Monday

Jeremiah 40:1-41:18

The Babylonian captain of the guard freed Jeremiah from prison and told him that "the LORD thy God" had pronounced evil upon the place, meaning Jerusalem. I think Jeremiah was in full agreement since he had heard it straight from God Himself years earlier. Jeremiah was sent to Mizpah. That is where Gedaliah, the governor that Nebuchadnezzar appointed, lived and governed. Gedaliah encouraged the people to harvest the fields and vineyards while awaiting word from the king of Babylon concerning their service to him. Nethaniah, a prince of Ammon, assassinated Gedaliah, the Jews that were with him, and the Chaldean men of war. (See also II Kings 25:22-26.)

Johanan, the son of Kareah, pursued Nethaniah and was able to free all that had been taken captive by him. These people settled near Bethlehem and were ready to flee into Egypt because they were afraid of the Chaldeans.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God did not speak to Jeremiah in this passage.

Does God make any promises?

  • God did not speak in this passage, but some of the former promises came true. For instance, Jeremiah had been promised that he would be safe after the siege and he was.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Johanan was a type of Christ in this passage because he freed those taken captive by the murderer.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Not that I identified.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TAKE TIME: July 28 - August 2, 2014 Schedule

Note: Some of this schedule was originally posted for last week. The week 75 assignment has been revised.

Introduction: Jeremiah did not want to go to Egypt but he was forced to do so by the Jews that felt they were safer in Egypt than in the land of Judah. God had a ministry for Jeremiah there also.

  • Monday - Jeremiah 40:1-41:18
  • Tuesday - Jeremiah 42:1-43:13
  • Wednesday -  Jeremiah 44:1-45:5
  • Thursday -Jeremiah 46:1-47:7
  • Friday - Jeremiah chapter 48
  • Saturday - Jeremiah chapter 49
Memory Verse

That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.  Jeremiah 42:3

Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - Praise God that He is omnipresent. It does not matter where we are; God is there!
  • Confession - Ask God to reveal hidden sin in your life and then confess it.
  • Thanksgiving - Thank God for any answers to your prayers.
  • Supplication - What are your prayer requests this week? List them for future reference so that you can see how God answers.
Search the Scriptures

Look for references for each of the following:
  • Promises that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
  • References that either refer to or infer something about future events.
  • What does this passage teach about Jesus?
  • Commandments that God made and to whom He made them. Do they apply to you?
Putting the Word into Action

Jeremiah found himself in a foreign country, a place he did not want to be! And yet God had a ministry for him there, too. It's summer and vacation time is in full swing. Don't forget to let your faith be evident no matter where you find yourself!

Read Through the Bible in 2014: July 28 - August 2 Schedule

7/28/2014      Isaiah 11-13 Revelation 12, 13
7/29/2014      Isaiah 14, 15 Revelation 14, 15
7/30/2014      Isaiah 16-18 Revelation 16, 17
7/31/2014      Isaiah 19-21 Revelation 18, 19
8/1/2014      Isaiah 22, 23 Revelation 20, 21
8/2/2014      Isaiah 24-26 Revelation 22

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 75 Thursday

Lamentations chapter 3

This is the longest of Jeremiah's poems. Like the other four it is an acrostic but unlike the others there are three verses that begin with each of the 22 Hebrew letters. Verses 1-3 begin with aleph, verses 4-6 begin with beth, 7-9 begin with gimel, and so forth. Psalm 119 follows the same acrostic pattern. Of course the subject  matter and number of verses are completely different in Psalm 119 than the poems comprising the book of Lamentations but the poetic form is the same. Many printings of the Bible show the Hebrew letters above each stanza of Psalm 119 for those who would like to view the Hebrew alphabet.

It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  (verses 22 and 23)
This poem exhibits all of the elements of the ACTS of prayer. Examples of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication can be found within Jeremiah's deeply mournful - yet hopeful - piece.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God does not speak.

Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
  • The loneliness and despair of being separated from God even in prayer, experiencing God's punishment for wickedness, being the target for God's bow and arrow, being scorned by his own people, and removing his soul from peace which are the testimony of Jeremiah are also the testimony of Jesus Christ at the time of His crucifixion.
  • Jeremiah remembered a time of communion with God and it gave him hope of God's future mercies. This is also the testimony of Jesus.
  • Knowing that there is coming a day when all things will be set right Jeremiah says that a man can bear the yoke, sit alone in silence, speak humbly, turn the other cheek to someone that attacks him. This was demonstrated by the life of Jesus and we are commanded by Jesus to live in such a way.
  • Jeremiah stated that although he was at his lowest, emotionally and physically, while enduring the suffering in the pit, God did not leave him there. Jesus endured the pit emotionally and physically also. He was in agony over His separation from God the Father while on the cross where He physically died. He was then placed within a pit in the earth but God did not leave Him there either.
  • Jeremiah called upon God to avenge him against His enemies. Jesus called upon God to forgive those who placed Him on the cross because they didn't know what they were doing. However, Jesus was avenging us and Himself of all our enemies because His death, burial, and resurrection defeated the real enemies: Satan, sin, and death. (We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against . . . spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12)

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
  • In desperate times Jeremiah still hoped in the LORD and in His promise of good times to come. This describes the life of the Christian who is awaiting the fulfillment of God's promised eternal kingdom.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. (verse 26)

  •  God does not cast off forever! He will have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. The day is quickly approaching when His compassion toward His people will be openly demonstrated.
  • Jeremiah tells of the time when God would no longer allow sin to continue in Judah. He punished them for their rebellion and would no longer pardon their iniquity. One day time will run out on God's patience with the inhabitants of earth and the time allowed for repentance will end.