Daily Reading

25
Aug

Jeremiah 46-48

Daily Reading Jeremiah 46-48 Daily Thought God used the enemies of Israel to discipline his children, but it does not make virtuous the enemies’ violence. These nations were all too willing to strike God’s chosen, and God’s sword turns toward justice against the Egyptians and the Philistines, the Moabites, Ammonites, and Edomites, Damascus, Kedar, Hazor, […]

24
Aug

Jeremiah 42-45

Daily Reading Jeremiah 42-45 Daily Thought The nation of Judah had been carried off to Babylon, but a small remnant was left behind in the land of Israel, along with the prophet Jeremiah. Still fearful that Babylon would return for them, they considered seeking refuge in Egypt, but requested Jeremiah first ask God if they […]

23
Aug

Jeremiah 38-41

Daily Reading Jeremiah 38-41 Daily Thought Jeremiah’s prophetic warning is summarized in one proclamation: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will fulfill my words against this city for harm and not for good, and they shall be accomplished before you on that day’” (Jeremiah 39:16). When the day arrives […]

22
Aug

Jeremiah 35-37

Daily Reading Jeremiah 35-37 Daily Thought The sin common to all is unbelief. It may be a lack of faith in God’s good intent, fooling myself that I know better what will satisfy my desire; or it is a disbelief in the certainty and finality of God’s judgment, brushing aside “the wages of sin is […]

21
Aug

Jeremiah 32-34

Daily Reading Jeremiah 32-34 Daily Thought Jeremiah spoke a terrible and terrifying truth, “Thus says the Lord: Behold, I am giving this city into the hands of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall capture it. The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city shall come and set […]

20
Aug

Jeremiah 30-31

Daily Reading Jeremiah 30-31 Daily Thought Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day     and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—     the Lord of hosts is his name (Jeremiah 31:35).  It says sunrise will […]

19
Aug

Jeremiah 26-29

Daily Reading Jeremiah 26-29 Daily Thought God was teaching Judah in captivity what they had failed to learn in freedom. Israel was created by the promise of God, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. In you […]

18
Aug

Jeremiah 23-25

Daily Reading Jeremiah 23-25 Daily Thought Sallah catches the date before it plunges into the mouth, and then the stomach, of his friend, Indiana Jones. “Bad dates,” he warns, and nods toward the floor where lay the dead body of the bad monkey who had been feasting on bad dates. Bad dates will kill you. […]

17
Aug

Jeremiah 18-22

Daily Reading Jeremiah 18-22 Daily Thought God makes as a condition of Judah’s judgment their goodness to others, that they will treat well those who are lost, harmed, poor, and abused. “Thus says the Lord: ‘Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no […]

16
Aug

Jeremiah 14-17

Daily Reading Jeremiah 14-17 Daily Thought If you do a thing often enough, you become that thing. Pick up a basketball, practice and play, and, in time, you will become a basketball player. So, also, a pianist, a writer, a welder, and, yes, a sinner. It is argued that there are no bad people, rather […]

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