Impressions from the Word- Jeremiah 36-40

Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah until today.” (36.2)

Again we see God’s decree to record his words.

[S]o you are to go, and on a day of fasting in the hearing of all the people in the LORD’s house you shall read the words of the LORD from the scroll that you have written at my dictation.” (36.6a)

And here we see Jeremiah obeying God’s command of having the Word preached to the people.

For I will surely save you, and you shall not fall by the sword, but you shall have your life as a prize of war, because you have put your trust in me, declares the LORD.” (39.18 )

Here we have such a clear statement of what God demands to be saved from the coming judgment: ” . . . because you have put your trust in me.” Ebed-melech had faith that God would preserve the faithful, that God’s condemnation would be spared on the obedient, and God rewarded this. We need this. We need to see in this time of Christian religious ambiguity that what God says is that Ebed-melech was saved by faith. Not by good deeds. Not by seeing a poor, starving, mistreated member of society and helping him (Jeremiah 38.7-13). No. God surely saves him because he trusted in God.

Why should he take your [Gedaliah's] life, so that all the Judeans who are gathered about you would be scattered, and the remnant of Judah would perish?” (40.15b)

It is a great mistake to rest our hopes of peace or prosperity on any earthly leader. Here we see the Judeans placing the strength of gathering the remnant upon the presence of their governor and not on the promise of God. So do we do this. With politicians and pastors, we erect pedestals and cry that we cannot survive without some greatness of theirs. Yet the whole Bible speaks to the inability of man to sustain such hopes. We also stumble, fall, and let down whatever movement has built up around us. Instead, we should put the focus properly on God in Christ, who always remains faithful, and thus never fails us. Christ is Lord. This means over everything.

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