Week 31

Sennacherib has invaded Judah, but Hezekiah turned to the Lord. Somehow,
through the blessings of God, Jerusalem is spared…for now.

We always believe that if you work hard, stay out of trouble, and do the right
thing, everything should work out O.K. That’s what Jeremiah thought, too. It
isn’t always true. Jeremiah throws himself into the job of a prophet
completely. The visions of coming destruction and punishment are just too
horrible to allow them to come true. He makes it his mission in life to turn the
tide of destruction away by convincing the people to repent of their sin and
turn back to God. The problem is, the people do not listen. We know that
Jeremiah is preaching during the reigns of Hezekiah and Josiah, two kings
that do much to clean up Israel. They both insist that Israel straighten up and
fly right, yet these warnings from the prophet continue! None of their reforms,
great as they were, went far enough. The harder Jeremiah tries, the less
people listened. He is rejected, harassed, beaten, and threatened. You can
imagine that he is a little disillusioned when he turns to God and complains.
There is a difference between success and faithfulness. Jeremiah wanted to
be successful, returning the hearts of the people to God and avoiding disaster.
Regardless of who listens, he must keep speaking what God gives him to
say. He must endure and keep going. That is faithfulness. Faithfulness,
being true to God over time without giving up is always our job. Success is God’s.
Keep reading, and I’ll see you in the Bible!

WEEK 31 Reading Schedule:
Jul 30 Nahum Nahum speaks out against Nineveh
Jul 31 2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34-35 Reign of Josiah, Reformation
Aug 1 Zephaniah Prophecy During Josiah’s Reign
Aug 2 Jeremiah 1-3 Call of Jeremiah, Call to Israel to Repent
Aug 3 Jeremiah 4-6 Invasion Threatened
Aug 4 Jeremiah 7-9 Jeremiah Speaks at the Temple
Aug 5 Jeremiah 10-13 Jeremiah Complains to God