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

* Mighty God, Your word is truth, help us work it out in our lives today.

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

This passage goes deeper into the problem with Johanan and the people who are now living in Egypt.

Remember yesterday’s passage.

Here the Lord exposes a terrible reality, and the hardest of words.

Not only did the people reject God’s word and flee to Egypt thinking it was safe.

Not only this.

They turned to false gods, making offerings to man-made lower-case gods, thinking that these figments would save them.

The truth outs.

They had gone after other gods, found other religions, served other idols.

And the word our God has for them is so FULL and DEEP and WIDE it should resonate with us.

“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.

For us today – Do we remember that it is God and Him alone who brings blessing?

Do we live out the truth that our salvation is in God alone?

* Gracious Father,

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

Please show us Jesus today.

Amen.

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