In one of Calvin & Hobbes cartoons, they were lying in the shade of a tree on a summer afternoon discussing the
important things of life. Calvin says, “What if there is no heaven? What if this is all we get?” Hobbes answers, “Well, if
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Jeremiah summarized the unrighteous kings as being like shepherds who were destroying and scattering God’s sheep (v. 1). The shepherds deserved punishment because of the evil they had done (v. 2). But if God removed them, whom would He appoint to regather His sheep? Jeremiah gave a twofold answer. First, God Himself would gather the remnant of the people who were dispersed and would bring them back (v. 3). He would assume responsibility for Israel’s re-gathering. Second, God would raise up new shepherds over them who would tend and care for the people the way God intended (v. 4).
The branch of David through Jehoiachin had been “cut off.” However, God promised to raise up to David another King who would be a righteous Branch, that is, another member of the Davidic line (v. 5). Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this prediction. The Southern Kingdom (Judah) and the Northern Kingdom (Israel) will again be reunited as a single nation and will live in safety (v. 6) (Ezek. 37:15-28). Unlike Zedekiah, this coming King will live up to His name as Israel’s righteous God.
The Lord’s return may be very near. I want to be ready and anticipating his coming as I would be looking forward to someone coming to visit who is very dear to me.
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Jeremiah 22:13-23Reaching Out to Those in Need
Jeremiah 22:24-30God is Sovereign
Jeremiah 23:1-8Looking Forward to The Lord’s Return
Jeremiah 23:9-24Being True to God’s Word
Jeremiah 23:25-40Not Everyone is a Prophet Who Dreams
Jeremiah 24:1-10Depending on The Power of God
Jeremiah 25:1-14It is Important to Never Quit
Jeremiah 25:13-29Nations Who Experience God’s Wrath Will Fall
Jeremiah 25:30-38No Way to Escape God’s Judgment
Jeremiah 26:1-24Jeremiah Was on Trial For His Life