October 10, Reading 2 – Jeremiah 44

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SAA Notes

False hopes are powerful delusions. Jeremiah demolishes the survivors’ false hopes. What was so wrong with burning incense to the Queen of Heaven? Do you see any similarities with modern feminist spirituality?

SJA Notes

Here we go deeper into the problem with Johanan and the people.

Remember from yesterday’s passage the people’s passionate words, “Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.”

And yet.

Here the Lord exposes a terrible reality.

Not only did the people reject His word, disobey Him and go to Egypt (and doing this for fear of Nebuchadnezzar, whom God said _not_ to fear).

Not only this.

“Why do you provoke me to anger with the works of your hands, making offerings to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have come to live,”

They what?

Listen to this logic, “But since we left off making offerings to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.”

The truth outs. They weren’t just disobedient children who repent and return to their parents. They had gone after other gods, found other religions, served other idols.

And God has a word for them.

“Behold, I am watching over them for disaster and not for good.”

The world holds nothing for us. False gods hold nothing good, they cannot help us. These people had forgotten WHO brings blessing and curses.

Let us remember that it is God who brings blessing.

* Gracious Father,

Thank You for Your blessing to us. Thank You that we can rest in You.

When we are tempted to look elsewhere, please bring to mind Your word, Your deeds, Your love and faithfulness to us.

Please show us Jesus.

Amen.

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