July 31, 2012

213 - The first deportation

Kathleen's thoughts

Jeremiah 35: 1-19, 25: 15-38, 1-11, 36z: 1-8, 45:1-5
Daniel 1-3

Obedience of the Rechabites...They were given instructions not to drink wine and live in tents all the days of their lives and this they did even when Jeremiah had a word from the Lord to bring them into the house of the Lord into one of the chambers. then give them wine to drink but they obeyed their father "You shall not drink wine, neither you nor your sons forever.

The |Jews' disobedience...They continued to worship gods and refused to follow and obey the word of God. But because of the obedience of the Rechabites The Lord of Hosts said The God of Israel says Jonadab son of Rechab will never fail to have a man to always stand before Me.

Jerusalem's 20 year siege begins 606BC

The wine cup of wrath - Jeremiah prophesies about the destruction of the nations world wide because of their evil doings and not listening and walking in God's statues.

Nebuchadnezzar besieges Jerusalem...In the third year of the reign of Jehlakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon come to Jerusalem and laid siege to it.

Some Israelites deported...The Lord handed Jehoiakim king of Judah over to him along with some of the vessels from the house of God. Nebuchadnezzar carried them to the land of Babylon, to the house of his god. and put the vessels in the treasury of his god.
The King ordered Ashpenaz, the chief of his court officials, to bring some of the Israelites from the royal family and from the nobility.

Prophecy concerning Israel's captivity... The Lord keeps on telling the nation to turn from their evil ways but they refused to listen and continued on the road to destruction. And the Lord says...I will completely destroy them and make them a desolation, a derision, and ruins forever. This whole land will become a desolate ruin, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon for 70 years.

Prophecies to be written In the fourth year of Jehiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord. Take a scroll, and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah, and all the nations from the time I first spoke to you during Josiah's reign until today.  Perhaps when the house of Judah hears about all the disaster I am planning to bring on them, each one of them will turn from his evil way. Then I will forgive their wrongdoing and sin.

Jeremiah was not permitted to go into the temple so Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet had commanded him. At the Lord's temple he read the Lord's words from the scroll.

God's promise to Baruch...But I will grant you your life like the spoils of war whenever you go.

With this reading today I see that God's compassion for His people is great! he keeps on giving them the opportunity to repent and mend their ways but they continue to sin and not listen. We still doing it today there is no difference to them and us. Look around you and see all the gods people are erecting and their behaviour patterns.
God I pray for peace and that the nations around the world will see you and hear your word so that it will go well with us. Bring unity upon earth, unity of serving You alone for You are worthy. Worthy to receive honour and praise. We bow down Lord and worship you.
Blessings for a beautiful day today and love to you.

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