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Bible Pathways 08/27/04

August 27

Read Jeremiah 45 - 48

In Today's Reading:

Jeremiah's message to Baruch; judgment against Egypt, Philistia, and Moab

Among all the prophecies of Jeremiah, the Lord included a personal message to just one man, Baruch, Jeremiah's discontented assistant. Thus said the LORD . . . to you, O Baruch; You did say, Woe is me now! for the LORD has added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest (Jeremiah 45:2-3). Perhaps he had hoped that his service as a scribe would be a means of achieving personal ambitions and recognition, or other self-serving goals.

Baruch's grandfather Maaseiah had been governor of Jerusalem during Josiah's reign (32:12; II Chronicles 34:8). Did Baruch secretly think he was "overqualified" to be a mere scribe to an unpopular prophet?

Instead of rewards, or even words of sympathy for his frustrations, Baruch received a strong rebuke from the Lord: Seek you great things for yourself? seek them not (Jeremiah 45:5).

Baruch expressed no heartfelt grief regarding the impending destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple of God or the pitiful slavery of the people, as Jeremiah had foretold. Instead, he only expressed sorrow over his own lack of personal fulfillment.

Although Baruch was recording the Word of God spoken through Jeremiah, he did not have the spiritual concern or insight of the prophet, who was deeply concerned for the people to repent of their sins and avoid destruction. Baruch should have considered it a great privilege to be a coworker in Jeremiah's ministry.

Our time and talents are precious treasures invested in us by the God of all creation to accomplish His will through us. True fulfillment comes only when we recognize that God has arranged the circumstances in our lives.

Baruch is typical of those who are dissatisfied with their circumstances or position of less esteem than they think they deserve. In contrast are those who realize that godliness with contentment is great gain (I Timothy 6:6; also Hebrews 13:5-6).

Christ Revealed:

As the One who corrects His people (Jeremiah 46:28). For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives (Hebrews 12:6).

Word Studies:

46:4 brigandines = armor; 46:11 daughter = people; 48:2 cut down = perish; 48:10 deceitfully = negligently; halfheartedly; 48:19 espy = watch; 48:41 Kerioth is = Cities are.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for BP Staff: Rita Guerra · Government Official: Rep. Marion Berry (AR) · Country: Norway (4 million) in northern Europe · Major language: Norwegian · Religious freedom · 95% Protestant; .4% Roman Catholic 

Prayer Suggestion: Pray for those who are in adverse circumstances (Hebrews 13:3).

Optional Reading: Revelation 1

Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 6:4


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