August 27, 2012

239 - The Jews in Egypt.

Kathleen's thoughts

Jeremiah 46: 13-28, 44: 1-30
Ezekiel 33: 21-33

The coming of Nebuchadnezzar
The Lord's message to Jeremiah
Egypt's overthrown

God's promise to the Jews... But you , My servant Jacob, do not be afraid, and do not be discouraged, Israel, for without fail I will save you from far away and your descendants, from the land of their captivity! Jacob will return and have calm and quiet with no one to frighten him.
And you My servant Jacob do not be afraid this is the Lord's declaration for I will be with you I will bring destruction on all the nations where I have banished you, but I will not bring destruction on you. I will discipline you with justice, but I will by no means leave you unpunished.

Their idolatry in Egypt
The Jews' refusal to reform... Jeremiah is told by the people. As for the word you spoke to us in the name of the Lord, we are not going to listen to you ! "Instead, we will do everything we siad we would: burn incense to the queen of heaven and offer drink offerings to her just as we, our fathers, our kings and our officials did in Judah's cities and in Jerusalem's streets.

What Did God Say About The "Queen Of Heaven"?
IdolWorship of the "queen of heaven" is a confusion of people that angers God:

"The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger. Is it I whom they provoke? says The Lord. Is it not themselves, to their own confusion?" (Jeremiah 7:18-19 RSV)
The Jewish people were plainly told not to do it, but they defiantly continued anyway, just as millions of supposed Christians still do today

Jeremiah's denouncement
Ezekiel hears of Jerusalem's fall  Yes to them you are like a singer of love songs who has a beautiful voice and plays skilfully on an instrument. They hear your words, but they don't obey them. Yet when it comes - and it will definitely come then they will know that a prophet has been among them.

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to defeat the land of Egypt;

Announce it in Egypt, and proclaim it in Migdol! Proclaim it in Memphis and in Tahpanhes! Say; Take positions! for the sword devours all around you

The Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says; I am about to punish Amon, god of Thebes, along with Pharaoh, Egypt her gods and her kings Pharaoh and those trusting in him. I will hand them over to those who want to take their lives to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. But after this, it will be inhabited again as in ancient times.
This is the Lord's declaration.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so that you are able to bear it.
1 Cor. 10:13


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