October 15, 2011
Jeremiah 26:1-27:22; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18;
Psalm 85:1-13; Proverbs 25:16
A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country according to Jesus. Well, that is the case for Jeremiah. Today, we see that as Jeremiah continues to prophecy of the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, the king and his countrymen cry out for him to be killed. Court is held at the new gate at the Temple and various witnesses come forth to either defend or witness against Jeremiah. Discussion is raised that in the past, King Hezekiah got a similar prophecy from the prophet Micah. He repented and averted disaster for Jerusalem. Some people feel that Judah should repent.
We learn that Uriah is another prophet at this time and the Lord is giving him the same dire prophesies that Jeremiah is giving. Uriah is threatened with death, flees to Egypt, is captured, brought back and killed by King Jehoiakim.
Jeremiah wins his case in court and is not killed.
What do you think about God raising up nations to be conquerors on earth? Are you comfortable with His participation in the history of this planet? Do you see that God is in control of this universe for His own purposes? Does it comfort you that God has a purpose for history that draws us towards Himself?
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
The Apostle Paul asks his friend in Thessalonica to pray that the message of Jesus Christ would spread rapidly throughout the earth. Paul prayer is still being answered 1900 years later. He also asks for prayer to be protected from evil people who would harm the messengers of God. We see that Jeremiah had need to pray this same prayer.
Next, Paul deals with the problem of laziness that has infected the Thessalonian church. Some of the members are waiting for Christ to return and have stopped working. They are idle, which has led to freeloading, gossiping, and general trouble making. Paul encourages the other Christians to rebuke these people, and if there is no repentance, do not associate with them. This is not to be unloving, but it is a tough love tactic designed to bring them back into the fold with repentance.
What have you learned from this book of 2 Thessalonians?
Here is a psalm anticipating future salvation for the earth!
Too much of a good thing is not good.