August 22

Today’s Text: Jeremiah 21:1-14, Jeremiah 22:1-9, Jeremiah 34:1-7, Jeremiah 32:1-44, Jeremiah 33:1-9

Highlights: Today we go back to Jeremiah who is prophesying in Jerusalem. King Zedekiah is very unstable. When the Babylonians surround the city he turns to Jeremiah for guidance. When he doesn’t like Jeremiah’s answer (Judah will fall to Babylon) he leaves him in prison. Part of Jeremiah’s prophesy is that though the city will fall, Zedekiah himself will not be put to death. There  are also several promises that after the captivity a remnant will return to Jerusalem and be blessed by God. As a witness to the firmness of this promise Jeremiah is told to invest in Judah’s real estate… it appears to be worthless now, but will someday be inhabited and valuable again.

Chapter 33 speaks of the return from captivity and resettlement of a righteous people in Judah.  It says the nations on earth will “hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it” (9).

Do we tend to be more in awed because of the good things God does or the severe judgments of God? Name one good thing God has done for us that should cause us to stand in awe of Him.


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5 Responses to August 22

  1. Norma

    Giving His Son for those who hated and disobeyed Him.

  2. Andrew

    I think we can be in awe of God for His great blessings and His righteous judgments equally. When God acts in powerful ways we find ourselves in awe. I think it is easier to accept and be thankful for the good blessings. Most people will find it harder to accept a judgment. I think His gift of life, His mercy, and the plan of salvation are all excellent examples of awe inspiring acts. There are so many things God has done that can inspire awe. When I look at the natural world around me or watch some of the amazing things captured in nature documentaries I see God’s great power through His creation. It is very awe inspiring.

  3. Jimmy Haynes

    The song, Amazing Grace, has a line that illustrates this: “Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear”. I think that’s the point here. Fear of hell might get us in line, but seeing how much God loves us (the cross) awes us and draws us to Him to serve him out of love and gratitude.

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