My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Jeremiah 27

Surrender or die

God told Jeremiah to put a yoke on himself, and to tell the surrounding nations that God was God and he had decided that Babylon will rule them. Anyone who resisted Babylon's yoke would be destroyed, and those who didn't resist would survive. So Jeremiah warned the kings and priests not to listen to the lying prophets. All they could do against Babylon was pray. God would take them away with all the temple furnishing, and they would return only when God wanted them to.

Key verse:
12. Bow your neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people, and you will live.

My thoughts:
Israel were an arrogant people who thought they were saved by birth, because they were children of Abraham. Throughout the Bible God shows them that this is not the case. God appreciates faith and obedience.

Many in Israel thought God would save Israel from Babylon for the sake of being Israel. Jeremiah took the true, yet controversial line that God had, in fact, rejected Israel, and now they must be slaves for a time.


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