All of God’s Word is valuable for teaching us to live a God-honoring life, but today’s New Testament reading contains a great synopsis. And what about God’s patience? I wonder how many times we have gotten upset with God for allowing something when He had been patiently waiting and warning.
Jeremiah 51 & 52:
God’s remarkable patience
God’s patience truly is remarkable. When we read a story compressed into a few verses or a chapter or two of Scripture it’s easy to lose sight of the time frame. Chapter 52 begins:
“Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem … He also did evil in the sight of the Lord” (vv. 1-2). Verses 4 & 5, “Now it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign … that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem and encamped against it; and they built a siege wall against it all around. So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.” Continue reading