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Jeremiah 1:1-2:30 ~ Philippians 4:1-23 ~ Psalm 75:1-10 ~ Proverbs 24:17-20
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Old Testament – Today we begin the book of the prophet Jeremiah! Below is a painting from the year 1630 titled “Jeremiah Laments the Devastation of Jerusalem” by the artist Rembrandt. This painting can be viewed today in Amsterdam at the Rijksmuseum.
~ Jeremiah ~
Date: Sixth century B.C.
Content: Jeremiah’s life covered the last forty years of Judah’s existence. The burden of his message was for God’s people to accept the judgment of God so that a new beginning could be made. He lived through the invasions by the Babylonian armies, the deportations of his people by the enemy, the slaughter of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the destruction of the Temple of God. He warned the people concerning these events, pleading with them to turn from their sins, but to no avail. He received only scorn and persecution. Jeremiah’s life is described in some detail, thus making him the best known of the Old Testament prophets.
Theme: In the crisis days during which Jeremiah lived, he had but one message for the people: Repent and turn to God. All false hopes must be abandoned and God must be given his rightful place in the nation. Nothing can save the people – neither their wealth, their armies, their diplomats, nor even their religion – only God can save. The destruction of Jerusalem stands as a memorial for all time that when a nation rejects God, the inevitable result will be ruin. Jeremiah also has a message of hope. Although Judah had abandoned God, God had not abandoned them and would once again show himself mightily on their behalf.
Today in Jeremiah chapter 2 verse 26 we read this sad statement – “Like a thief, Israel feels shame only when she gets caught. Kings, officials, priests, and prophets–all are alike in this.”
New Testament – Wow… so many great teachings from Paul here today as we close out his letter to the church in Philippi! Paul’s letter to the church in Colosse begins in our readings tomorrow! I love Philippians chapter 4 verse 4 today – “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice!”
Verses 6 & 7 are so very powerful for each of us to truly learn and put into practice in our lives today! “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
And finally Philippians chapter 4 verses 8 and 9 are so beautiful: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Bible.org’s commentary on our readings today in Philippians chapter 4 verses 1 through 9 titled “Stand Fast, Stand Together” is at this link.
Psalms – Psalm 75 verse 7 is so powerful and so true… I need to hear this over and over again – “It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.” You and I do not judge. Well, we might try to judge, but it’s all in vain if we do. And we risk turning judgment onto ourselves when we do. God alone judges. God alones decides who will rise and who will fall. We do not. God is God. We are not. This is a very good thing to always remember! 🙂 We should also always remember we are so not this man below when it comes to other people’s hearts or eternal destinies…
Proverbs – Today in Proverbs chapter 24 verses 17 & 18 we read – “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.” This is a powerful Proverb and reminds me that Jesus took this Proverb one step further in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 5. This Proverb says “do not gloat when your enemy falls.” This in and of itself may be a hard teaching in our lives. Well, let us also recall Jesus’ teaching in Matthew chapter 5 verses 44 and 45 – “I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Jesus tells us to actually love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us! How’s that for a hard teaching? But. . . a beautiful teaching. A True teaching. A teaching we must put into practice in our lives. So, yes, let us not gloat or rejoice when our enemy falls. But more than that, let us love and pray for our enemies. Why? Perhaps through love and prayer they will one day not be enemies, but could actually be brothers and sisters?
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 TNIV
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