Bible Pathways - August 29, 2005
Read Jeremiah 51
The spectacular empire of the Chaldeans surpassed anything the world had ever known. Its capital
As foretold by the prophet, the Babylonian capital "suddenly fell." This was on the night that Belshazzar the king made a great feast. . . . In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote . . . upon . . . the wall of the king's palace. . . . God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it (Daniel 5:1,5,26).
After the fall of
The unwillingness of the majority of the Jews to forsake the luxuries under the Persians for the poverty and hardships they would experience in returning to
Many who consent to be "followers" of Christ drop out when things become difficult. Jesus illustrated this in His parable concerning the seed sown in stony places and among thorns. He likened such people to those who, when tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, by and by he is offended, and of others the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, chokes the Word (Matthew 13:21-22). Can anyone think it possible for a person to take up his cross daily (Luke 9:23) and yet devote his time, tithes, and talents to personal pleasures on the Lord's Day?
Jesus promised: There is no man that has left house, or brethren . . . or lands, for My sake, and the Gospel's, But he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time . . . with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life (Mark 10:29-30).
As the Creator of the universe (Jeremiah 51:15). For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him (Colossians 1:16).
51:2 fanners = strangers, destroyers; fan = scatter, disperse; 51:11 device = plan, purpose; 51:17 brutish = foolish; every founder = every metal caster; by the graven image = by the idol he has made; 51:25 mountain = power; 51:31 at one end = from end to end; 51:42 The sea = the flood waters of the
Pray for Staff: Clarence Rathbone · Government Officials: Sen. John McCain (AZ) and Rep. David Reichert (WA) · Country: Malaysia (21 million) in Southeast Asia · Major languages: Malay and English · All Christian witness to Muslims is illegal · 49% Muslim; 39% Hindu, Buddhist, and Chinese religions; 4% Roman Catholic; 4% animism, magic, and some headhunting; 3% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Pray that your life will be a good testimony to others, even when faced with opposition (I Peter 2:12).
Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Thessalonians 2:12