Devotions August

Eze 16-17

August 31, 2015

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What does it say?

Ezekiel 16 is the longest of Ezekiel’s prophecies. In fact, it is the longest oracle and longest single allegory in the entire Bible. In it, God compares Israel to a marginalized orphan girl upon whom love is lavished and becomes the beautiful wife of a king. Instead of […]

Eze 13-15

August 30, 2015

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What does it say?

Ezekiel 13 is a strong denouncement of false prophets. They are like jackals or foxes scavenging among the ruins of Jerusalem. They are like a whitewashed wall that has no foundation and comes crumbling down. God promises judgment upon these false prophets, male and female, and the people […]

Eze 9-12

August 29, 2015

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What does it say?

As you read Ezekiel 9 remember that this is the continuation of Ezekiel’s vision.

As a vision, these images are not literal, but God’s promise to judge his people engaging in idolatry and defiling the temple. Faithful followers of God agonizing over this idolatry receive a […]

Eze 5-8

August 28, 2015

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What does it say?

Ezekiel 5 is the enactment of another parable and is connected to the object lessons that Ezekiel acts out in chapter 4. This time Ezekiel cuts his hair and beard with a sword, a terribly humiliating act and contrary to Jewish law. It symbolizes the judgment and shame […]

Eze 1-4

August 27, 2015

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What does it say?

In 596/7 B.C. king Jehoiachin surrenders to the Babylonians and about 10,000 leaders, soldiers and tradesmen go into captivity in Babylon. Contemporary with Jeremiah, Ezekiel is much younger, in his mid-twenties, and from the priestly line of Levi. At age 30, when he would have begun service in the temple, God calls […]

Lam 3-5

August 26, 2015

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What does it say?

The third lament is the very heart of the book and the longest of the five. This also differs from the others in that the fallen city of Jerusalem is seen through the eyes of the author. At this point the pain is intensely personal. Take the time to identify as much […]

Lam 1-2

August 25, 2015

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What does it say?

The Book of Lamentations appears immediately after Jeremiah in our English Bibles. The Hebrew Bible includes it between Ruth and Ecclesiastes as part of the Megilloth, or scrolls, a collection of five books read on five feast days in Israel. Lamentations is read in mid-July to commemorate the temple’s destruction in 586/7 […]

Jer 51-52

August 24, 2015

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What does it say?

The long collection of prophecies against Babylon continues in Jeremiah 51. The messages here begin by emphasizing the certainty of Babylon’s destruction. This passage also reveals that the Medes will be the power to destroy Babylon, acting in God’s sovereignty over the nations. In these prophecies Jeremiah warns the Hebrew captives still […]

Jer 49-50

August 23, 2015

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What does it say?

Several nations come into focus as objects of God’s wrath in Jeremiah 49. Amon is the result of Lot’s incest with his youngest daughter and the first one to appear in this list of prophecies (49:1-6). Ammon is condemned for seizing Israeli territory, yet God promises they will later be restored. Edom […]

Jer 46-48

August 22, 2015

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What does it say?

Chapter 45 ended the section of the book where Jeremiah has personally played a major role. From Jeremiah 46-51 we have a collection of individual prophecies given to Jeremiah concerning the surrounding nations.

Jeremiah 45 is a set of three prophecies against Egypt. The first predicts Egypt’s defeat at the battle of Carchemish […]

Jer 41-45

August 21, 2015

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What does it say?

Confusion reigns in Jerusalem following its fall to Babylon and the deportation of most of the Jews (Jer 41). Ishmael assassinates the governor Gedaliah along with others. Johanan is another resistance leader that rescues captives from Ishmael and proposes fleeing from the Babylonian by going to Egypt. Before leaving, the people ask […]

Hab

August 20, 2015

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What does it say?

We don’t know much about Habakkuk or his contemporaries Nahum and Zephaniah. From the context of his prophecy he is writing not long before the deportation to Babylon (seventh century BC), and he would be ministering in Judah. Jeremiah would be another contemporary.

Habakkuk 1 is the prophet’s frank complaint to God. He […]

2 Kin 24-25, 2 Chr 36

August 19, 2015

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What does it say?

These chapters in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles cover the same ground that we have just covered in Jeremiah. 2 Kings 24 follows Nebuchadnezzar’s victory over Egypt at the Battle of Carchemish. Josiah’s son Jehoiakim (also called Eliakim) is a weak and wicked ruler on Judah’s throne. His son Jehoiachin (also Jeconiah […]

Jer 38-40; Psa 74, 79

August 18, 2015

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What does it say?

The campaign against Jeremiah is as unrelenting as his prophecy (Jer 38). His enemies accuse him of treason and subversive influence and cast him into the vilest part of the prison with no water and planted in mire.  Only quick, delicate and dangerous intervention on behalf of his Ethiopian friend and king […]

Jer 35-37

August 17, 2015

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What does it say?

Jeremiah 35 is set during a previous siege of Jerusalem. The story appears here as contrast the Jewish covenant breakers of chapter 34. The Rechabites are not Jews, but Bedouin descendants of Jonadab (Jehonadab) that stood with king Jehu of Israel against the Baal-worshippers (2Ki 10:15-23). Jonadab prohibited his followers from drinking […]

Jer 32-34

August 16, 2015

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What does it say?

God instructs Jeremiah to buy a field from his nephew in his hometown of Anathoth (Jer 32). This is a strange request since the year is 588/87 BC and the Babylonian armies are already surrounding Judah and Jerusalem. God clarifies that this act is a demonstration of faith that he will keep […]

Jer 30-31

August 15, 2015

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What does it say?

At the very darkest moment in Judah’s history when all appears lost, God gives a message of hope and restoration through Jeremiah in these two chapters. God is not finished with Israel (30:10-11).

Notice Jeremiah 30:2. This is a clear example of the inspiration of scriptures. God directly tells Jeremiah to record the […]

Jer 26-29

August 14, 2015

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What does it say?

These events of Jeremiah 26 occur during the reign of king Jehoiakim. Jeremiah’s prophetic ministry has earned him many enemies that want him dead. Jeremiah addresses the leaders and warns them against shedding his innocent blood. Jeremiah escapes their wrath, but a man named Urijah, mentioned only here, is martyred at the […]

Jer 23-25

August 13, 2015

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What does it say?

Jeremiah stood alone against the apostasy of Judah and was despised by the religious establishment. Seeing this scathing attack on religious leaders, one can understand why they hated him so (Jer 23).

In Jeremiah 24 the prophet sees a vision of two baskets of figs, good and bad. The good figs represent those […]

Jer 18-22

August 12, 2015

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What does it say?

In Jeremiah 18 God speaks through Jeremiah to liken his relationship with Israel to that of a potter and clay. God claims the right to fashion the clay any way he wants. In the final part of the chapter Jeremiah pours out his heart to God in response […]