Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 77 Saturday

Psalm 79

This is a psalm requesting that God avenge Jerusalem. It is attributed to Asaph, a psalmist and musician during the reigns of David and Solomon, in which case it would predate the Babylonian siege by many years. If that be so it would make sense that the people knew this song and sang it to each other during their time of exile. Or perhaps it was written by another Levite named Asaph. There are at least 2 men in the Bible that had that name who are listed in I Chronicles and perhaps there were others, including one at a later date. The psalm seems to accurately describe the total destruction of Jerusalem.

This psalm is written as an anguished prayer.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God does not speak.

Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak.

Does this psalm teach anything about Jesus?

  • The psalmist requests that God not remember former iniquities. We have the promise of God that when we repent of our sins and trust that they are paid by the shed blood of Jesus Christ God will remember them no longer.

Does this psalm teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The bodies of the Hebrews were scattered everywhere. Their bodies were preyed upon by scavengers. In future times the bodies of the Israeli enemies will be scattered everywhere and they will be preyed upon by the scavengers. In other words, when the psalmist requests that God render unto their neighbors sevenfold we find the answer to this petition in Revelation.

Journal Through the Bible: Week 77 Friday

Jeremiah chapter 52

The closing chapter of Jeremiah is a synopsis of the reign of Zedekiah and the fall of Jerusalem. It is almost a verbatim translation of II Kings 24:18-25:30. To see my notes on those passages see here and here. Chapters 24 and 25 served as bookends surrounding the study of the book of Habakkuk. It is also a variation of some of Jeremiah's previous writings, including some of the first verses of Jeremiah chapter 39.

Note: I will not look back on those journal notes until I am done writing this post because I will give this chapter my undivided attention and let the Holy Spirit use it alone to answer the four questions I seek to answer each day when making notations in my Bible Journal.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God did not speak except to say through Jeremiah that the purpose for the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem was because the commands that had been made with the nation at the time of their covenant with God in the early years of being a nation were being broken. (See verse 3.)

Does God make any promises?

  • None are listed in this chapter, however, we know from other portions of scripture, including other places in Jeremiah, that the 4,600 persons who were exiles were told to live normal lives in Babylon, to have children, and then at the end of 70 years a remnant would be allowed to return. None of that is said here, except the tally of the 4,600 that were taken captive during the three sieges of Nebuchadnezzar against Jerusalem, whom we know to be the parents of the remnant that later returns.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jehoiachin,(also known as Jeconiah, Coniah) the king that was later taken from prison and given a portion from the Babylonian king's storehouse, was an ancestor of Joseph, the step-father of Jesus Christ. It was through Jehoiachin that Joseph had a direct line to the throne of David. It was alos Jehoiachin that God had cursed saying that none of his direct line would reign on David's throne, thus Jesus had an earthly claim as a son of David (which He also had as a blood-line through His mother, Mary) but was not subject to the curse.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • When a covenant with God is broken there is a time of exile. Because Adam broke a covenant with God we are all exiled. But one day while we were in bondage and imprisoned by sin God lifted our heads, sat us upon a throne, and continually feeds us from His table. One day we, the remnant that have accepted the pardon offered to us through the blood of Jesus Christ will return to the covenant land that God originally planned for us. The time allotted to the exiles in Babylon was 70 years. We do not know how long our time in exile will last. It could end at any time!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 77 Thursday

Jeremiah 51:36-64

Jeremiah was privileged to foresee Babylon's future, including some events that were later revealed to the Apostle John! Jeremiah had "a quiet prince" by the name of Seraiah record the words that he, Jeremiah, received from the LORD during the fourth year of Zedekiah's reign. Seraiah then read those words to the captives in Babylon.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God warns His people to flee from Babylon before destruction comes!
  • The people in captivity were not to forget Jerusalem and God's holy temple.
  • Through Jeremiah, Seraiah was commanded to preach the word of God to the captives in Babylon then bind the book around a rock and throw it into the Euphrates River.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised to plead the cause of Zion and take vengeance upon Babylon for her. Parts of Babylon would be uninhabited as a result.
  • God promised that conquerors from the north would attack and subdue Babylon. Her walls would be burnt with fire. (This would be the conquering by the Medes and Persians that takes place in Daniel's elder years.)

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the King whose name is the LORD of Hosts.
  • Seraiah was "a quiet prince" that preached the words of God in Babylon of the freedom that would come to the souls in captivity if they remained faithful to God. Jesus is a quiet prince that preached the words of God in this world of the freedom that comes to the souls in captivity if they remain faithful to God.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • This passage tells of the sudden destruction of Babylon, including the area becoming desolate and uninhabited. Revelation chapters 17 and 18 tell of the destruction of Babylon and the resulting mourning among the nations once her commerce has fallen.
  • God warns His people in verse 45 to come out of Babylon before destruction comes to her. He repeats this warning in Revelation 18:4.
  • Those dwelling in Babylon were reminded not to forget Jerusalem and God's dwelling there because one day a remnant of them would go there. We, as those who are dwelling in a foreign land, are reminded not to forget the New Jerusalem and God's dwelling there because one day we, the remnant of earth's inhabitants, will go there!
  • Whether it is a parallel or even of any significance or not, Seraiah is told to bind up the Word of God around a stone and throw it into the Euphrates River. An angel does likewise in Revelation 18:21 when Babylon is destroyed. We are also told in Revelation 9:14 that there are 4 angels bound in the Euphrates that are loosed at the time of the sounding of the 6th Trumpet. These are the angels that gather an army to fight against Jesus. This precedes the destruction of Babylon.

Journal Through the Bible: Week 77 Wednesday

Jeremiah 51:1-35

God's harsh words against Babylon continue. The Medes would one day conquer Babylon. There are also some very beautiful poetic references describing God:
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. (verses 15-16)

Does God issue any commands?

  • God warns everyone to flee Babylon.
  • God said to mourn for Babylon because she would not be healed.
  • God promised that Israel would be His battle ax and weapons of war.

Does God make any promises?

  • God said that He would raise up a destroying wind against Babylon and those that rise up against Him.
  • God promised that He would not forsake Israel and Judah.
  • God swears upon Himself that He would fill Babylon with the conquering hordes.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the Holy One of Israel being sinned against. (See verse 5.)
  • Jesus, as the second member of the Trinity, would have healed Babylon.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • This indictment against Babylon also has future implications. In the book of Revelation God calls His people out of Babylon before He destroys her. Even the imagery of the golden cup from which the nations drink and become mad (see verse 7) is mentioned in Revelation 17:1-6.
  • Babylon is said to dwell upon "many waters" in verse 13 and again in Revelation 17:1. The day of vengeance that was executed by the Medes and Persians upon ancient Babylon was a foretaste of the judgment that awaits her on the terrible day of the LORD.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

TAKE TIME: August 25-30, 2014 Schedule

Introduction: The kingdom passed from the Babylonians to the Medes and Persians during Daniel's captivity just as God had told Jeremiah it would many years before. God placed Daniel in a place of prominence under the new reigning authority much like he had under the Babylonian rulers.

  • Monday - Daniel chapter 6
  • Tuesday - Daniel chapter 7
  • Wednesday -  Daniel chapter 8
  • Thursday - Daniel chapter 9
  • Friday - Daniel chapter 10
  • Saturday - Daniel chapter 11
Memory Verse

My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Daniel 6:22

Prayer Journal (ACTS)
  • Adoration - Praise God that He is the Lord over all the animals. He has the power to keep us safe from all creatures, no matter how wild!
  • 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

Daniel worked for governments that were often hostile to his spiritual beliefs. He acted wisely in all matters because he prayed often and stayed true to his God even if it put his life at risk. The governments of this world are increasingly hostile toward faith and some Christians today find their lives at risk. But God is still God! Like Daniel, we need to act wisely, pray often, and be true to our faith! This week pray especially for Christians around the world that are being persecuted. And if there is a way to act wisely on their behalf, then by all means, do it!