08/04/22 Obedience

READING: 2 Chronicles 36:1-4, 2 Kings 23:31-37, 2 Chronicles 36:5, Jeremiah 22:1-23, Jeremiah 26:1-24, 2 Kings 24:1-4, Jeremiah 25:1-14

Judgment would come on God’s people. They would be exiles in Babylon for 70 years. God had warned them through the prophets they must obey Him; had they done so, they would have lived long in the land God had given to their ancestors. That, however, was not what happened—as the repetition of the Word reminds us about their rebellion:

  • “but you have not obeyed” (Jer 25:3)
  • “you have not obeyed or even paid attention” (Jer 25:4)
  • “But you have not obeyed me’—this is the Lord’s declaration—‘with the result that you have angered me by the work of your hands and brought disaster on yourselves’” (Jer 25:7)
  • “you have not obeyed my words” (Jer 25:8)

God would use Babylon to bring judgment on His people, but then He would also judge Babylon for their iniquity. God would use them, but only in a temporary way. All that Jeremiah had spoken about the nations would come to pass as God affirmed the prophet as His spokesman; Babylon, too, would fall. 

Our God simply demands obedience. Even His instruments do not evade His judgment.

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Are you obeying God in every area of your life today?    

DAILY PRAYER: “God, show me any disobedience in me today.”  

TOMORROW’S READING:  Jeremiah 25:15-38, Jeremiah 36:1-32, Jeremiah 45:1-46:28

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