AUGUST 26 READINGS...Jeremiah 39:11-40:6 & 2 Kings 25:8-21 & Jeremiah 52:12-27 &
2 Chronicles 36:15-21 & Lamentations 1:1-22
The Lord gives Jeremiah favor in the eyes of Nebuchadnezzar, so much so that the king assigns the captain of guard to find and release Jeremiah. He was to do this after he made sure he was good physically. It makes me wonder how Nebuchadnezzar would know about Jeremiah…it seems strange that this Babylonian king would know about Jeremiah. I believe the answer is found in the Daniel was the adviser to the king…and it is possible that Nebuchadnezzar already had his conversion experience, and feared God. That would mean that this Babylonian king would have more care and consideration for the prophet of God than did the king of Judah. Nebuchadnezzar has his troops to burn the Temple, and to dismantle the implements of the Temple and bring them back to Babylon. Jeremiah makes it clear that the destruction of both Jerusalem and the Temple was a result of the people of Judah rebelling against God and mocking His prophets. I remind you what the Bible teaches, “God will not be mocked”…not then, and not now.
Jeremiah begins his lamentations for Jerusalem. It now is a desolate place, where the once mighty city is like a slave. There is no prosperity that remains in her. All her beauty has been stripped away. All she has now are painful memories of what once was, and the painful reality of what will never be again. This happened because of her great sin. She defiled herself with immorality, and has no one to blame but herself. Wake up…the immorality in our land will result in the judgment of God. There is no comfort for the city of Jerusalem. She had no allies that offer her help. This is judgment realized…it is the judgment that is coming for our land and world.
Please share any thoughts you might have from today’s readings. Come back to God. Give Him honor and worship. Listen to His Word and obey Him.
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Lamentations 2:1-4:22