Jeremiah 25 & 26
2 Thessalonians 2.1-17
Jeremiah 25 & 26:
Working and praying or just criticizing?
Here in Jeremiah 25 God tells the people that they will be taken into captivity for 70 years. Later in Daniel 9 we will read the following:
1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.
Daniel understood that the 70 years prophesied by Jeremiah was nearly complete. And even though he understood that God had declared it and would bring it to pass, he began to fast and pray for his people.
It’s easy to look around us and criticize the ungodly or give up because things seem hopeless, but just as he did in Jeremiah’s time, God always has a faithful remnant that He is protecting, preparing and using for His glory. God wants each of us to be a part of what He is doing in the earth. Are you allowing God to use you as part of His faithful remnant? Are you praying for our nation? For unbelievers? For the people of God?
Running with God or just a casual stroll?
Verse 32, “I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.”
The Bible repeatedly uses the word “walk” when speaking of our lifestyle—the way we live. But the psalmist uses the word “run” here. His desire to follow God was filled with enthusiasm; he wanted more than just a “casual stroll” with God. How about you?
Are you like iron or mush?
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”
What kind of people do you surround yourself with? Just people who tell you what you want to hear or do you seek out friends who will challenge you in your walk with God? And what kind of a friend are you? Are you willing to speak the truth in love even when it’s uncomfortable? Are you willing to sharpen others?
The blood of thousands of unborn babies
Here in chapter 2 Paul begins talking about some of the events that will take place leading up to the “Day of the Lord.” He speaks of a “falling away,” “the man of sin,” and “the son of perdition.”
About this man of sin he says:
He “… opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (v. 4).
And, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (vv. 9-10).
Once the church has been raptured, a man will come to power. He will look to many to be a savior. He’ll appear to be a man of peace, but he will be an imposter. He is sometimes called the anti-Christ. He’s not the devil himself, but he will be controlled by the devil.
The rapture will be followed by a seven-year period called “the Tribulation.” During the first 3 ½ years anti-Christ will keep up much of his charade as he consolidates his power, but mid-way though the Tribulation, he will go into the rebuilt Jewish temple in Jerusalem and set himself up to be worshipped, as Paul said “he sits as God in the temple of God.”
Daniel called this the “abomination of desolation” (Daniel 11 & 12) and Jesus used the same phrase in talking about the events of the last days (Matt. 24.15; Mk. 13.14). This will set in motion the events leading up to the 2nd Coming of Christ—the “Day of the Lord.”
While it’s clear that no one knows the day or the time, it’s probably much closer than many want to believe! In the meantime, we need to be praying and interceding for our nation just as Daniel did for his. Pray for the repentance of our people and godly wisdom for our leaders.
And be part of His faithful remnant. Seek to be on God’s side concerning the issues that matter to Him. One way is to stand up for the lives of the thousands and thousands of babies who are being murdered legally in this country and around the world. Otherwise, their blood is on our hands.
9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. 11 Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
Even if we are not directly involved in the abortion industry (and it is an industry, producing a great deal of wealth for those participating), we cannot look the other way. We are our brothers’ keepers. Will we stand with God when their blood is crying out to Him?
A note to anyone who has had an abortion:
There is forgiveness and restoration! Run to Him! Ask for His forgiveness. Surrender your life completely to Him. And seek help and counseling from a Biblical counselor or Christian Pregnancy Help Center.
And if you really believe abortion is wrong, get involved with a local Pregnancy Help Center by giving time or resources.
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