Today’s readings.. (2 Samuel 22), (Jeremiah 25), (Romans 13,14)

Today’s chapter in Jeremiah is very disturbing. The prophet receives visions from God of future events, some of them are of a future that was then far distant. The main message he is to give is that God’s judgements are about to fall on Jerusalem and that “this whole land shall become a ruin and waste and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years” [25 v.11] Many years later Daniel, in Babylon in his old age, “perceived in the books” that God had revealed to Jeremiah that they would be in captivity 70 years [Daniel.9 v.2].

Let’s consider the traumatic history of the Jews, they are the people to whom God’s prophets came with divine messages; in Jeremiah’s day they had experienced the glory of the Temple Solomon built for almost 400 years, also many other blessings such as we have read in what David accomplished. Greatest of all was to come when God’s Son came and did wonders in their midst.

Remember how Jesus, at the end of one of his parables said, “Every one to whom much was given, much will be required” [Luke 12 v.48]. There is a Godly principle here: the failure to appreciate and respond to blessings, especially the blessings of hearing and knowing God’s word will ultimately bring judgments from God.

We read on in Jeremiah, “Thus says the LORD of hosts … I begin to work disaster at the city that is called by my name, and shall you go unpunished? (he is addressing other nations) You shall not go unpunished, for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth … for the LORD has an indictment against all the nations; he is entering into judgment with all flesh and the wicked will be put to the sword … Behold, disaster is going forth from nation to nation and a great tempest is stirring from the farthest parts of the earth! [v.28,29,31,32]

We note how Ch. 30 concludes with the words, “The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intentions of his mind. In the latter days you will understand this.” Those who understand must make sure they are on the Lord’s side and develop the godly character we saw described in Romans ch. 12 yesterday.

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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