God asked of Jeremiah a hard thing – not to marry and have children. This was so that Jeremiah would not suffer their deaths in the attack by Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah is given a hard message to give to God’s people in Jerusalem (verses 10-13), but a message of hope to the exiles who everyone in Jerusalem said God had cursed. How wrong they were!
* Dear Lord God, please show us Your word today. Open our hearts to hear what You have to say to us.
“Therefore, behold, I will make them know, this once I will make them know my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the LORD.”
Here is an important deep theme running through God’s word.
He wants us to KNOW Him and to know and uphold (hallow, bear well) His Name.
In Ezekiel chapter 39 we read,
“And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.”
And deeper we go, with Jesus Himself (God in the person of the Son) praying to His Father in John chapter 17,
“I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
God the Son submits under God the Father and directs us to hallow God’s Name – So that we might have the love of the Father, and so the love of God, in us.
One blessing Jesus (God the Son) sent us was His Spirit, the Holy Spirit (God the Spirit). The Spirit dwells within the believer, prompting us, directing us, refining us.
We know God’s love because we have Him dwelling in us, working out His promises to us (because of His great love for us).
God’s love is shown in Him making it possible for us to know Him, through His work as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (three persons, one God).
Do we know God? Is His Name important to us, bearing it well in our daily lives?
* Holy God,
Please continue to make known Your name to us, and to those around us.
Please raise us up to preach Your word in and out of season, and to uphold Your name, to bear it well in all aspects of our lives.
Thank You for saving us Lord God.