October 15, Reading 2 – Jeremiah 51:1-24

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SAA Notes

The Babylonians released Jeremiah because he told Israel to submit to Nebuchadnezzar. Everyone on both sides thought that Jeremiah was pro-Babylonian. They were wrong – he was God’s prophet. Meditate on verse 19.

SJA Notes

* Father God, Your word is the only mirror we have that always tells us the truth. Please show us Your truth today.

“It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.”

Before politics, before ideologies, before social standing and wealth and power – Before anything else we must be people of God.

Once we have God set (in our minds) in His rightful place, as King and Lord of our lives – Then all else will be able to be framed correctly.

Politics should not consume us. Neither should groups or movements. Neither should wealth, power or fame.

These things will fail.

We see in today’s passage that the great and mighty Babylon has fallen. The hosts of Assyria have come, and Babylon is no more (or will be).

These will pass away. As with Babylon, so with all that is human-made.

Instead,

“Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the LORD of hosts is his name.”

Are we working out of faith with fear and trembling before our God – With a true perspective of who He is, and who we are, in the light of His word?

* Lord God of Hosts,

You made the earth – Praise Your Name!

You established the world by Your wisdom, and with  Your understanding You stretched out the heavens – All glory be to You!

Please Lord keep us from idolatry. Convict and straighten us Lord – That we might continue to put You first, Head of our lives, King and Lord and Saviour.

Thank You for Jesus, the Good Shepherd, through whom we are brought into Your fold.

Amen.

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