Read Jeremiah 45
Jeremiah's message to Baruch; judgment against
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 national recognition, financial benefits, or other self-serving goals.
Baruch's grandfather Maaseiah had been governor of
Instead of rewards, or even words of sympathy for his frustrations, Baruch received a strong rebuke from the Lord: You seek great things for yourself? seek them not (Jeremiah 45:5).
Baruch expressed no heartfelt grief regarding the impending destruction of
Although Baruch was recording the Word of God spoken through Jeremiah, he did not have the same spiritual concern or insight as the prophet. Jeremiah was deeply concerned for the people, desiring that they repent of their sins and avoid the coming judgment and destruction. Baruch should have considered it a great privilege to be a coworker in Jeremiah's ministry, but it appears that his concern was only for himself.
Our time and talents are precious treasures invested in us by the God of all creation in order to accomplish His will through us. True fulfillment comes when we acknowledge that God has arranged the circumstances in our lives
Baruch is typical of those who are dissatisfied with their circumstances or their position of less esteem than they think they deserve. In contrast are those whom God can use because they realize that godliness with contentment is great gain (I Timothy 6:6; also Hebrews 13:5-6).
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.
Pray for Government Official: Rep.
Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Thessalonians 2:11