I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jeremiah 23-29

God promises to raise up an honest king who will rejuvenate the land--Jesus. What a great prophesy to read right before Christmas!

23: 5 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD,
“when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.
6 In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The LORD Our Righteous Savior.

God warns against false prophets and how destructive their lies are. The people seem to get caught up so easily by whoever the best speaker is. Sadly, they don't want to listen to Jeremiah's warnings and continue on with their gods and false teachings.

God sends Jeremiah out yet again to warn the people. They become enraged and threaten to kill him, but ultimately relent. if God knows the future and what the people are going to do, why send Jeremiah out? One of those though provoking circumstances... is Jeremiah speaking for the good of the people, or is God using the tough circumstances to strengthen his faith?

God gives Judah over to Babylon as slaves. They are warned to not listen to the false prophets who will tell them they don't have to be slaves. A false prophet does come forward and ends up getting the people into even more trouble and more bondage. They are really dumb...fo real.

29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This verse in context is so much more powerful! God promises that after 70 years in Babylon, the people will be reconciled and He will hear their prayers once again!

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