35:13-16 Go and say to the people in Judah and Jerusalem, ‘Come and learn a lesson about how to obey me. The Recabites do not drink wine to this day because their ancestor Jehonadab told them not to. But I have spoken to you again and again, and you refuse to obey me. Time after time I sent you prophets, who told you, "Turn from your wicked ways, and start doing things right. Stop worshiping other gods so that you might live in peace here in the land I have given to you and your ancestors." But you would not listen to me or obey me. The descendants of Jehonadab son of Recab have obeyed their ancestor completely, but you have refused to listen to me.' Like any good parent, God just wants His children to listen and obey! The Recabites were stellar examples of faithfully sticking to Plan A, and God was quick to use them as the example. I hope I can be exemplary throughout my life. Some days, it seems highly doubtful!
36:23-24 Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king took a knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up. Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard. Seriously, the gonads of some people! When the people and rulers of that day saw the physical manifestations of God through the fulfillment of the doom and gloom prophecies, it's like, "Don't you know Who you're messin' with here?" God's love and patience for His rebellious children is truly incomprehensible!
36:31-32 I will punish him and his family and his attendants for their sins. I will pour out on them and on all the people of Jerusalem and Judah all the disasters I promised, for they would not listen to my warnings.'"
So Jeremiah took another scroll and dictated again to his secretary, Baruch. He wrote everything that had been on the scroll King Jehoiakim had burned in the fire. Only this time he added much more! I used to use this method on my kids, too! First they had the original punishment for the crime. But if they continued to defy, I would add more—more time, more consequences, whatever. Seems like listening from the beginning is so much easier. I think a great key to producing obedient adults is to train our children through strict obedience when they are small. It seems that if a kid learns to respect and obey parental authority, they seem to continue throughout life. In my experience, the toddler years were the most crucial! King J. sounds like a big spoiled brat who needs a "nap," if you know what I'm getting at.
5:5 Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day. I have seasons in my life (like right now) where I feel like an orphan or a widow of sorts. Reading this today, I had to ask myself, "Have I fixed my hope on God? Do I pray continuously day and night?" I often feel that prayer is my greatest weakness as a believer and this verse was very convicting! If I'm not spending more time in conscious prayer, I am not fixing my hope on God.
5:23 No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments. Do you ever read random statements by Paul and wonder, "How in the world did this ever make it into the holy, inspired Scriptures? Where was the editing team when we needed them?"
Psalm 89:19-37 Beautiful Messianic prophecy. This was not written by David, but by Ethan. But I am sure David was aware of these types of prophecies, which is why he expressed awe:
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, "Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, Sovereign LORD, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving me a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign LORD? What more can I say? You know what I am really like, Sovereign LORD. For the sake of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have shown them to me. "How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you - there is no other God. We have never even heard of another god like you! 2 Samuel 7:18-22