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Jeremiah 19:1-21:14 ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:4-28 ~ Psalm 82:1-8 ~ Proverbs 25:9-10 ~ Click here to read today’s Scripture on BibleGateway.com ~ // Mobile Site Link ~ Listen to today’s Scripture on One Year Bible Online Audio, ESVBible.org: OT, NT, Psalms, Proverbs
Old Testament – I read Jeremiah chapter 19 today and am reminded again of how tough it can be to be a prophet! Wow. Can you imagine receiving these words from God to deliver to a nation? It’s tough duty – getting to the point of Jeremiah being whipped and put in stocks in chapter 20, verse 2. Below is an image of Jeremiah prophesying the doom of Pashur from chapter 20 verse 6:
Jeremiah does get to complaining about his lifestyle as a prophet in chapter 20:7-18. In verse 9 he bursts out with: “And I can’t stop! If I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones!” I really like this! “His word burns in my heart like a fire”!
In Jeremiah 21 we’re getting close to the point of the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. as King Nebuchadnezzar and the armies of Babylon are getting close. The prophecies Jeremiah has been preaching in the past 20 chapters are coming to fruition. A verse that encapsulates all of this is 21:10 – “For I have decided to bring disaster and not good upon this city, says the Lord. It will be captured by the king of Babylon, and he will reduce it to ashes.'” Do remember that in our readings over the past few days that God does intend to bring the Israelites back to Jerusalem eventually. There is hope! Even though Nebuchadnezzar (pictured below) is soon to come into Jerusalem… there is still hope in the midst of the despair… there is still redemption to come…
New Testament – Today we wrap up Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians! His second letter begins tomorrow! There is a lot of good letter-closing advice in these today’s reading’s. To make sure this advice gets heard throughout the church in Thessalonica Paul commands in chapter 5 verse 27: “I command you in the name of the Lord to read this letter to all the brothers and sisters.” Think this letter got read to everyone? 🙂
Below is a great image for verse 25 from today’s readings –
Verses 12 & 13 stood out to me in today’s readings: “Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and warn you against all that is wrong. Think highly of them and give them your wholehearted love because of their work.” This verse ties in perfectly to Clergy Appreciation Month! Did you know that October is Clergy Appreciation Month? I don’t know who started this trend, but I like it! Hopefully this month you can take 15 minutes to write a letter or send a card of encouragement to your pastor or clergy? I encourage you to encourage your pastor this month! 🙂 And please try to remember to do this in October of each year.
More verses from today’s readings that stood out –
Verse 16 – “Always be joyful.” How’s joy doing in your life these days?
Verse 17- “Keep on praying.” And prayer?
Verse 11 – “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” I like this. It reminds me that we have the opportunity to encourage people that we come in contact with each day. Spread some love. How are you doing on being encouraging to others each day?
Bible.org’s commentary on today’s readings in First Thessalonians chapter 5 titled “The Conduct of the Assembly” is at this link.
Below is a powerful image for 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 from today’s readings:
Psalms – I love Psalm 82 verses 3 & 4 – “”Give fair judgment to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.” I realize these verses were spoken to Israel’s judges. But, I think they can speak to you and I today as well. Particularly, “rescue the poor and helpless” stands out to me today.
Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 25 verses 9 & 10 is a strong teaching – “So discuss the matter with them privately. Don’t tell anyone else, or others may accuse you of gossip. Then you will never regain your good reputation.” This Proverb stands out to me for when we see someone who perhaps sins. Maybe a brother or sister in Christ has a moral failing. And then the big question is this – will we discuss the matter directly with that person, to correct them. OR – will we discuss the matter with others and be a gossip? Don’t get me wrong – there may be a time and a place to discuss the matter with others, such as a pastor, to get advice on how to discuss the matter with the person who stumbled. But, we absolutely should not resort to simply being a gossip about someone else. That’s seeing one sin of someone else’s and then creating another sin of your own!
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on three verses of Scripture today: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” First Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
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