Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 251

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Welcome to Day 251 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Jeremiah 42; Jeremiah 43; Jeremiah 44; Psalms 48; Revelation 13 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Jeremiah 42:19, “O remnant of Judah, the Lord has told you, ‘Do not go to Egypt.’ Be sure of this: I warn you today 20 that you made a fatal mistake when you sent me to the Lord your God and said, ‘Pray to the Lord our God for us; tell us everything he says and we will do it.’ 21 I have told you today, but you still have not obeyed the Lord your God in all he sent me to tell you. 22 So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famine and plague in the place where you want to go to settle.”

7 “Ten days later the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah…”

Jeremiah 43:7, “So they entered Egypt in disobedience to the Lord…”

Jeremiah 44:14, “None of the remnant of Judah who have gone to live in Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah, to which they long to return and live; none will return except a few fugitives.”

16 “We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord! 17 We will certainly do everything we said we would:

We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her

just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm. 18 But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine.”

25, “Go ahead then…” Jeremiah.

(In so many words, do what you gotta do. You are bent on destruction. So be it. You’ll regret it… Mark my words.)

Psalms 48, a Psalm exalting of the City of our God, [Jerusalem] in comparison of the above verses and it’s destruction.

Revelation 13:10b, “This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.”

O bservation

After asking Jeremiah to inquire of the Lord, 10 days later he tells them the word of the Lord, which they then completely ignore. (By going to Egypt after Jeremiah tells them to stay in Jerusalem and trust the Lord.)

A pplication

Ten days later the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah…”

In our microwave society, who is willing to wait 10 days for anything…

I’m wondering why God didn’t speak to him at that moment? Why the 10 days?

I could speculate, but I’m not going to.

Just taking it for what it is. A lesson in waiting, a lesson in learning to be patient, a lesson in perseverance, a lesson about pressing in.

Did it really matter to anyone that it took him 10 days to come back with the word of the Lord?

No.

They rejected the word anyway… Bent on doing what they wanted, hoping that the word of the Lord would affirm their plans to get out of Jerusalem and head back to Egypt??

Granted, it’s been nearly a thousand years since their captivity, but are they not the slightest bit concerned about going there? Guess not.

Let’s put this in perspective, if Columbus landed in America in 1492, that’s 520 years. While we reflect on those events once in a while, their being enslaved by the Egyptians was twice as long ago. They may have just considered it to be irrelevant, as they did the Law of Moses. With their religious practices having incorporated much of the surrounding cultures’ practices (burning incense to foreign gods) they may actually have been hoping to go to Egypt! Better than captivity in Babylon, right? Or staying in the burned-out city of Jerusalem…

With our having 3,500 years of perspective and the ability to look back and forward, it can be hard to understand their thinking.

It is for me.

I just think, “Why didn’t they just listen to Jeremiah and the word of the Lord?” (That they had asked for!)

(At this point, I haven’t even read Revelation, I was so caught up in these three chapters of Jeremiah.)

I always look for the bottom line… Application is “what does this mean to me today?”

Funny how it often comes down to this one thing…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

Compare Jeremiah 43:11, “He will come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword to those destined for the sword.” to Revelation 13:10, “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed.”

The million dollar question is, are these verses already fulfilled as some believe and teach?

(It is generally agreed that they refer to either or both the Roman Empire (past) or some sort of European Union (modern-day). Some even believe that the fall of the Berlin wall ties in to these passages, so that East and West Germany would become “one” instead of “two” separate countries to make this math work out for a more current/modern interpretation.) CLICK HERE for Richard H. Perry’s lengthy interpretation.

I do like the possibility that this could relate to modern-day Europe… However, scholars on both sides make strong cases.

Again, it really doesn’t matter. Events will unfold as God has ordained and our job is to be ready. (Do I sound like a broken record yet?)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

P rayer

Lord give me the strength to do what you say, when you say it, to not just hope that you will affirm what I think or want.

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6 thoughts on “Day 251

  1. Jer42:3 pray to the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do. 44:5 but they did not listen or pay attention. Rev. 12:9 he who has an ear let him hear. Even though Jeremiah took their requests to God they did not want to hear and went forward into destruction. So many times we turn a deaf ear to God’s voice in our lives. We get out of our boat with Him and go off on our own. Once we jump back in He welcomes us and rights us again. Filled with compassion and a deep love for us. He doesn’t go back and point out our issues. But points ahead. His strength is made perfect in weakness. Its ok I’m weak. Its ok I can’t do this without Him. Father thank you for your grace.

  2. Bonnie Sliver on said:

    “Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the Lord our God.” (Jer.42:6)

    Having said this, the Jews decided to disobey God, after He made it very clear the directions and what would happen to them. It is hard to believe that they would so blatantly say one thing and then do another. They said that things were going well when the sacrificed to the Queen of Heaven and when they stopped they had nothing and suffered. It seems that they thought they knew everything about spiritual matters.

    I wonder if we do that; pick and choose those things to obey and others to not, based on our limited knowledge? God knows all about the future and unseen things. That is where faith comes in. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. Lean NOT on your own understanding. Trust in the Lord. I need to work on that! I need to rest in God and His promises and not rely on my own timetable and limited understanding.

    Whether the outcome is favorable or unfavorable in my eyes, I will obey and trust in God. Sometimes those things that look unfavorable are just the thing I need to grow and change. That’s my intention and hope…God help me in this!

  3. I’ve heard some interesting conspiracy theories that the second beast is the UN and it reserves a seat for the antichrist who will fool us all into worshiping him in the UN’s new world religion or something like that. Since I have yet to see the UN perform any signs or wonders (or do anything as far as that goes) I have my doubts. However, we know that Satan is waging war against God’s people. We can be God’s kingdom of light or Satan’s kingdom of darkness. We achieve victory through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life.

    Whoever has ears, let them hear.

    “If anyone is to go into captivity,
    into captivity they will go.
    If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
    with the sword they will be killed.”

    This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

    This is what caught my attention. The need for patient endurance. I am a busy body and not very good at waiting and have been playing the waiting game for a while. Patient endurance is the key to faithfulness and faithfulness is the key to patient endurance. Those who went into captivity in Babylon when it was counter intuitive were kept safe. Those who fled to Egypt which was the obvious choice didn’t fare so well.

    I am thankful that my name is written in the book of life with the blood of Jesus. I’m not sure what is next, but I will continue to worship while I’m waiting.

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