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OYB October 16

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  • 2009 Oct 16
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

Note: At the end of the entry, I discovered that I accidentally used NASB today.

Jeremiah

28:2-3 Hananiah the prophet said: "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I am going to bring back to this place all the vessels of the LORD'S house, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. As we read the text, we find that this is a false prophecy.

One blog responder asked about when and if the articles from the temple were returned. I don't know the answer to his question, but here is what I told him: I think your question about the "precious things going to Babylon and then being returned" is better applied in the Spirit. In a sense, it has been fulfilled with the life and death of Christ! At one time, we were all exiled to Babylon (spiritual captivity) but now through Christ we have been returned to the Temple of God as His precious stones and fixtures.

28:8-9 "The prophets who were before me and before you from ancient times prophesied against many lands and against great kingdoms, of war and of calamity and of pestilence.

"The prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, then that prophet will be known as one whom the LORD has truly sent." In other words, Jeremiah is saying that typically, the prophets declared judgment, so when a prophet declared peace, the burden of proof was in his prophecy coming true (which was unlikely). This is my contention even today. Many want to prophesy all blessing, health, and wealth (and do). But true prophets always dealt with people's sin BEFORE they announced blessing. This is why being a prophet was not a desirable vocation, and you probably didn't see too many headhunters representing them at that time. These days, headhunters are getting rich hiring out happy prophets (for profit).

28:15-17 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah the prophet, "Listen now, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. Therefore thus says the LORD, 'Behold, I am about to remove you from the face of the earth This year you are going to die, because you have counseled rebellion against the LORD.'"

So Hananiah the prophet died in the same year in the seventh month. It is not a pleasant thing to speak lies in the Lord's name. Let us remind ourselves to never do that.

29:7 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.' I find it interesting that God basically told Israel to "get comfy in your new role as exhilees." He told them to pray for peace in their local communities and/or governments so that they would have peace. I think that God would want us to live at peace with our government too. That is what Jesus demonstrated with the Roman government. He paid His taxes and did not fight against them, even when they came to arrest Him.

1 Timothy

1:13-14 ...even though I [Paul] was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. If it was Paul's ignorance that led him into disobedience and unbelief, and God found him in the midst of such terrible behavior and showed His mercy, then who would fail to qualify? Keep reading...

1:15-16 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Amen!

Psalm

86:9 All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and they shall glorify Your name. Can you imagine how glorious it will be to live on an earth where there is perfect justice, peace, and common, unified worship? Wowzers!