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Bible Pathways - August 28, 2005

August 28


Read Jeremiah 49


In Today's Reading:


Judgments against Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Kedar, Hazor, Elam, and Babylon foretold; redemption of Israel promised


Jeremiah prophesied that the Ammonites, descendants of Lot who were historically hostile to the Israelites, would be destroyed (see Jeremiah 27:3-6; also II Kings 24:1-2; II Chronicles 20:1-3). Rabbah of the Ammonites . . shall be a desolate heap (mound of ruins), and her daughters (villages) shall be burned with fire. . . . Behold, I will bring a fear (terror) upon you, says the Lord GOD of hosts . . . and you shall be driven out (Jeremiah 49:2-5).


Next, our attention is turned to Edom, a nation that descended from Jacob's twin brother Esau. Edom had always been a jealous enemy of Jacob's descendants and had joined Nebuchadnezzar in plundering Jerusalem. They even expanded their territory into southern Judah, inhabiting an area later called Idumea, the birthplace of Herod, the king at the time of Jesus' birth. Because of their actions toward Israel, Edom's fate was foretold by the prophet: I have made Esau bare. . . . and he is not (49:10-12).


Judgment was then pronounced against Babylon . . . the land of the Chaldeans. . . . there comes up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate (50:1-3).


Not only the release of Israel from captivity is foretold but the yet-to-come day when the Israelites will repent and accept their Messiah Jesus in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten (50:4-5).


We can expect the forces of evil to discourage us in an effort to destroy our faith in God. However, God is not glorified by our fears, doubts, or frustrations. We must keep our eyes on the promises of God that have never failed. Consequently, there is never a valid reason to allow the pressures and problems of life to depress or frustrate us. In fact, despondency is a sin. Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations (various trials); Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire (complete), wanting nothing. . . . Blessed is the man that endures temptation (testing): for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love Him (James 1:2-4,12).


Christ Revealed:


As the Redeemer who pleads our cause (Jeremiah 50:34). Blessed (praised and extolled and thanked) be the Lord God of Israel; for He has visited and redeemed His people (Luke 1:68). It is Christ . . . who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us (Romans 8:34).


Word Studies:


49:1 their king = Ammonite god known as Malcham/Malcam, Molech or Moloch, to whom children were sacrificed through fire; 50:5 thitherward = toward it; 50:31 visit = punish; 50:36 shall dote = will become fools.


Prayer Needs:


Pray for Country: Malawi (10 million) in southeastern Africa · Major languages: English and Chichewa · Religious freedom · 34% Protestant; 23% Roman Catholic; 16% Muslim; 16% animist; 4% cults · Prayer Suggestion: Offer your gift of praise to God in prayer (I Peter 2:5).


Optional Reading: Revelation 2


Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Thessalonians 2:12

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