Friday, June 11 2010
Verse of the Week: V18 “For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD.”
1. God’s Word Shall Come To Pass (V1-7)
V1 “In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it.”
The day of reckoning came as God’s Word through Prophet Jeremiah came to pass when the King of Babylon attacked Judah and killed the sons of King Zedekiah and his nobles. They then blinded Zedekiah and carried him to Babylon. Zedekiah was physically blinded for his spiritual failure to see the light of God’s Word and put his trust in God.
V7 “Moreover he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon.”
2. God’s Love For The Poor (V8-10)
V10 “But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.”
Though the Babylonians were ruthless to King Zedekiah and the people of Judah, they were compassionate to the poor. They not only spared their lives but gave them vineyards and fields for their survival. Indeed, this was God’s love for the poor people of Judah.
3. God’s People Shall Be Protected (V11-18)
V12 “Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.”
God protected his people, Prophet Jeremiah and Ebed-melech, the Ethiopian, who pleaded with King Zedekiah for Jeremiah’s life. Both men had put their trust in God and they were not only delivered from harm but the Babylonians even took great care of them.
V16 “Go and speak to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee.”
V18 “For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to put my trust in You and You alone.