Day 25 - 40 Days in the Old Testament

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days in the Old Testament
Jeremiah 9:23-24
“This is what the Lord says:  ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’
declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah was only twenty years old when he began prophesying for the LORD. Remember that a prophet of God needed to be correct 100% of the time on his prophecies, or he would be labeled a “false prophet” and stoned to death. (Not a job for the faint of heart or a fake prophet!)

As a prophet, Jeremiah warned God’s people in Judah about their sin, idolatry, and rebellion against God and urged repentance. (To turn away from.) Unfortunately, his admonitions and warning were NOT heeded by God’s people in Judah, and so – true to His Word and promises to bless those who follow and judge those who choose not –  the LORD allowed the Kingdom of Judah to be conquered and his people captured by the Babylonians for 70 years.

Jeremiah, though, also prophesied about Babylon:
“But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the Land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,” declares the Lord, “and will make it desolate forever.” (Jeremiah 25:12)

This, too, came to pass. The Jews were restored to the Promised Land and rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem. Today, the Babylonian empire no longer exists.

Once again, we see that God is true to the promises He has made to bless and judge/discipline. Then and now, our God is the same.

How about you? Are you living as the LORD would have you live?

Prayer: LORD, I do want to enjoy your blessings. Forgive me for my mistakes and help me turn and go Your way on everything. Amen.