August 31

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 40:7-16, Jeremiah 41:1-18, Jeremiah 42:1-22, Jeremiah 43:1-13, Jeremiah 44:1-30.

Highlights: Today’s reading involves events in Jerusalem after the fall of the city. Gedaliah had been appointed governor by Nebuchadnezzar. He is assassinated and a group of fearful Jews are determined to flee to Egypt. They ask Jeremiah’s advice but do not listen. Jeremiah prophecies that if they flee to Egypt they will die in Egypt.

Isn’t it sad and tragic that 900 years after God set His people free from the Egyptian bondage, this group, that seems to have learned nothing, return to Egypt thinking there they will find happiness and protection?

How might Christians today be guilty of an even worse, sad, and tragic decision? Consider Galatians 4:9, 5:1, and 2 Peter 2:20-22.


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2 Responses to August 31

  1. Andrew

    The level of stubbornness displayed by the Israelites is shocking. They have been told time and time again not to worship idols, but devote themselves to the Lord God Almighty who has no equal. They have seen in their recent history with their own eyes the result of years of idol worship. They asked Jeremiah to inquire of the Lord then rejected what God told them through Jeremiah. If they had stayed in the land they would have prospered. They went to Egypt despite being told it would be their undoing. Then they were told how angry God was with them burning incense to other gods. The Israelites defiantly said they were going to continue to do it. I knew it was coming, but I was still blown away by their lack of concern for the will of God.

    Jimmy brings up an excellent point. Christians today can show even worse defiance. When we are baptized into Christ we accept the wonderful gift of salvation. A gift that is only made possible by the horrible death of Jesus on the cross. A death that takes away our guilt and lays it on Christ. To accept that gift only to turn away at a later time is nothing but evil. If I were to turn from a life devoted to God and begin to live a life in direct willing opposition to His word, it would be as if I was standing before Jesus and spitting in His face. Basically I would be saying “I believe you died for me. I accepted the salvation you gave me. Yet, your sacrifice means nothing to me anymore. I do not need you.” Far be it from any of us to travel down that path. It is evil.

  2. Mary K

    I appreciate Andrew’s excellent comment. It is hard to believe after all the remnant had seen they maintained such arrogance. But as Andrew points out, the lesson certainly carries forward today, where we can be just as stubborn to do things our own way despite all we have been shown.

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