October 17, Reading 2 – Jeremiah 52

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SAA Notes

Jeremiah returns to the fall of Jerusalem for a reason. The Temple is dismantled and all its articles taken away. This is the real horror – the Glory of God had departed, and no one realised! Jehoiachin is a fruitless branch of David – he has no surviving sons. The heirship of David passed to a distant line coming from Solomon’s full brother Nathan (Luke 3:31). How thankful we should be that God sent Jesus! The Glory returned!

SJA Notes

* Father God, thank You for today, please help us to rejoice and be glad in it.

“And the pillars of bronze that were in the house of the LORD, and the stands and the bronze sea that were in the house of the LORD, the Chaldeans broke in pieces, and carried all the bronze to Babylon.

Here as Judah is taken into exile to Babylon we see the final complete end to the wealth and splendour that King Solomon had accrued all those hundreds of years previously.

In the book of 1 Kings chapter 7 we read,

“And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because there were so many of them; the weight of the bronze was not ascertained.”

The captain of Nebuchadnezzar’s guard took it all; the gold, the silver and the bronze.

The exile comes with the removal of the leadership.

King Zechariah’s sons were killed in front of him. The leadership of the church and of the state were taken and put to death.

This was a big loss.

And yet.

This was the warning given to them, generation after generation, prophets bringing God’s word them.

They were warned of the consequences of turning away from the Lord. Exhorted to return to the God of Israel, to put away evil practices, stop following man-made idols.

And so this terrible loss is the just outworking of God’s word of judgement.

Our own nations and states, our towns and communities, the leadership and the people – They need Jesus! They need to heed God’s word!

Are we praying for revival? Are we heeding the call of God’s Spirit?

* Gracious Father,

To You we cry – Please save our nation, our state, our cities and towns, our communities.

Please may Your word go out like a rising wave, Your Spirit reviving dead hearts and finding lost souls and bringing them back into the fold.

Please Lord, prepare us Your people for the harvest.

Amen.

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