Today we are reading Jeremiah 42. In this chapter we read about the stubborn servants of the king who now find themselves about to be annihilated by the Babylonians. They beg Jeremiah to pray to the Lord for them and the response to the prayer is to not go to Egypt. Ultimately they do go and are crushed. “And I have this day declared it to you, but you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God in anything that he sent me to tell you. Now therefore know for a certainty that you shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence in the place where you desire to go to live.”” Jeremiah‬ ‭42:21-22‬ ‭This chapter is a little complicated. People who have rejected God and His servant Jeremiah now want God’s help. God gives them a message through Jeremiah and they still reject it and receive God’s punishment as a consequence. Are there examples of this same struggle in your life? We struggle with sin and sometimes are very stubborn to defend our sin. God tells us, “Do not go to Egypt” yet we go anyway. Thank God that He provides the way of escape through repentance. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 41. In this chapter we read about the murder of governor Gedaliah. The Babylonians had appointed Gedaliah as governor And the servants of the former king came and murdered him.“In the seventh month, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the royal family, one of the chief officers of the king, came with ten men to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, at Mizpah. As they ate bread together there at Mizpah, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the ten men with him rose up and struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, with the sword, and killed him, whom the king of Babylon had appointed governor in the land.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭41:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The servants of the defeated king despised the new governor. With misplaced patriotism they murdered many of their own countrymen. How has patriotism been used as an excuse to commit crimes in our time? What can we do to bring peace? May God work through you to make peace. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 40. In this chapter we read about how Jeremiah is given the choice to remain in Judah or go to Babylon. “Now, behold, I release you today from the chains on your hands. If it seems good to you to come with me to Babylon, come, and I will look after you well, but if it seems wrong to you to come with me to Babylon, do not come. See, the whole land is before you; go wherever you think it good and right to go. If you remain, then return to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon appointed governor of the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people. Or go wherever you think it right to go.” So the captain of the guard gave him an allowance of food and a present, and let him go. Then Jeremiah went to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, at Mizpah, and lived with him among the people who were left in the land.” Jeremiah‬ ‭40:4-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ What would you choose if you were Jeremiah? Would you remain in the devastated country of Judah or would you go and live in the country of your conquerors with the majority of your people? Jeremiah chose to stay. Sometimes a city church declines as the congregation members migrate to more prosperous suburban churches. What do do? Stay with the dwindling mother church or move out to the exciting newer congregations? We are always faced with choices. The main thing is we must ask God what He would like us to do. May God guide you in all your decisions. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 39. In this chapter we read about the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem and there breakthrough and defeat of King Zedekiah. “Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon gave command concerning Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, saying, “Take him, look after him well, and do him no harm, but deal with him as he tells you.” So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, Nebushazban the Rab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the Rab-mag, and all the chief officers of the king of Babylon sent and took Jeremiah from the court of the guard. They entrusted him to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, that he should take him home. So he lived among the people.” Jeremiah‬ ‭39:11-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬ What we are reading is that the rebellious king and his people are finally defeated. The faithful prophet Jeremiah is delivered and protected from any further persecution. Ultimately, God protected Jeremiah as a reward for his faithfulness. The same is true for us. God will deliver us from the struggles of this life and give us eternal life. May God bless you to trust in Jesus for your salvation.  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 38. In this chapter we read about another instance where Jeremiah is arrested for proclaiming the word of God. “So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭38:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Can you imagine the emotions of Jeremiah? Your own countrymen are betraying you and throwing you in prison. Imagine sinking into the muddy darkness of a cistern. In that hopeless misery God sent Jeremiah someone to deliver him—a slave named Ebed-melech. What an unlikely source of help! What is the most unlikely source from which God has helped you? How can God use you to help someone sinking in the muddy darkness? May God put on your heart today the name of someone who needs you. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 37. In this chapter we read about Jeremiah’s arrest and imprisonment. “And the officials were enraged at Jeremiah, and they beat him and imprisoned him in the house of Jonathan the secretary, for it had been made a prison.” Jeremiah‬ ‭37:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬ After faithfully proclaiming the prophecies of God Jeremiah is arrested and beaten by Irijah, who guarded the Benjamin gate. Jeremiah suffered greatly at the hands of stubborn people. What God gave him to say made his hearers angry. Have you ever been angry at someone for telling you the truth? Why would God send a prophet to people who have turned their backs on Him? Have you reached out to people who have turned their back on you? What does God want us to do when people sin against us? May God help you to see people the way He does. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 36. In this chapter we read about King Jehoiakim and his foolish disregard for the word of God. “And concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah you shall say, ‘Thus says the Lord, You have burned this scroll, saying, “Why have you written in it that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land, and will cut off from it man and beast?” Therefore, thus says the Lord concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: He shall have none to sit on the throne of David, and his dead body shall be cast out to the heat by day and the frost by night. And I will punish him and his offspring and his servants for their iniquity. I will bring upon them and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem and upon the people of Judah all the disaster that I have pronounced against them, but they would not hear.'”” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭36:29-31‬ ‭The king was so dismissive of God’s word that when he received the prophetic warning from Jeremiah and his assistant Baruch, he burned the scroll. How brazen! Today we see people openly rebelling against God with no remorse. How will God treat them? How are you like Jeremiah? What is the message God has given you for this generation? How do they respond to God’s message? May God make you a faithful witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 35. In this chapter we read about the Rechabites and how God used them as an illustration to describe the people of Judah in their disobedience. “I have sent to you all my servants the prophets, sending them persistently, saying, ‘Turn now every one of you from his evil way, and amend your deeds, and do not go after other gods to serve them, and then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to you and your fathers.’ But you did not incline your ear or listen to me. The sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have kept the command that their father gave them, but this people has not obeyed me.” Jeremiah‬ ‭35:15-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Here God lifts up the example of obedience of one group of people and contrasts it with the disobedience of another group. What is the point of His comparison? What does God desire as an outcome? When God’s word offends you what is the His purpose? May you truly wrestle with God as He speaks to your heart. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 34. In this chapter we read about a covenant God made with King Zedekiah and Judah which they violated.“You recently repented and did what was right in my eyes by proclaiming liberty, each to his neighbor, and you made a covenant before me in the house that is called by my name, but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back his male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your slaves.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭34:15-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬ This account tells us that the hearts of the people were not completely devoted to God. They were more interested in the life of owning slaves than in obeying God. What hinders you in your relationship with God? How can you make sure that you are fully devoted to God? What can you do to make sure when you repent that you don’t go right back to the same sin? May God bless you and keep you this day! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Jeremiah 33. In this chapter we read about the New Covenant established by the coming Messiah. “”Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’” Jeremiah‬ ‭33:14-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The Righteous Branch is Jesus. The prophecy is pointing forward 600 years to the time when Jesus would come. We look back 2000 years to those days. Both we and the people of Jeremiah’s time trust in the promises of God regarding the righteousness and salvation we receive by faith in Jesus. May God bless us to know that His mercies are new every morning and that His promises are eternal. Pastor Tim