Confidence in God of Jeremiah
Jeremiah 38:14 King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah, the prophet, and brought him to the third entrance of the house of the Lord. And the king said to Jeremiah: I have one thing to ask of you; Don’t hide anything from me.
15 Jeremiah answered Todecias: If I tell you, will you not make me die? And if I give you advice, you won’t listen to me.
16 King Zedekiah secretly swore to Jeremiah, saying: The Lord is alive, he who gave us life! I will not make you die, and I will not deliver you into the hands of those men who resent your life.
17 Jeremiah then said to Zedekiah: So speaks the Lord, the God of the armies, the God of Israel: If you go to the leaders of the king of Babylon, you will have your life saved, and this city will not be burned by fire; you and your house will live.
18 But if you do not surrender to the chiefs of the king of Babylon, this city will be delivered into the hands of the Chaldeans, who will burn it by fire; and you will not escape their hands.
19 King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah: I fear the Jews who have passed to the Chaldeans; I fear that I will be delivered in their hands, and that they will offend me.
20 Jeremiah answered, “We will not deliver you. Listen to the voice of the Lord in what I tell you; you’ll find it, and you’ll be safe.
21 But if you refuse to go out, here is what the Lord has revealed to me:
22 All the women who remain in the house of the king of Judah will be led to the leaders of the king of Babylon, and they will say: You have been deceived, dominated, by those who forred you peace; and when your feet are stuck in the mud, they retreat.
23 All your wives and children will be taken to the Chaldeans; and you will not escape their hands, you will be seized by the hand of the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned by fire.
Despite the announcement of the condemnation and captivity of the people and the king, and the opportunity to surrender to save his life:
King Zedekiah doesn’t listen…
What is your listening today? Are you attentive to the word of God?
Despite his arrest with beatings, his imprisonment, his confinement in a mud cistern, Jeremiah remains faithful to God:
Jeremiah 20:11 But the Lord is with me as a mighty hero; That is why my persecutors falter and will not have the upper hand; They will be filled with confusion for not succeeding: It will be an eternal shame that will not be forgotten.
12 The Lord of the armies experiences the righteous, He penetrates the kidneys and hearts. I will see your vengeance against them, for it is to you that I entrust my cause.
He put his trust in God!
THE SALUT is not the only fact, to be baptized but to live, to walk with Christ by obeying his word!
We have received from Jesus Christ grace, forgiveness, salvation through our repentance, so we must keep what we have received
1 Let’s keep our commitments
Genesis 17:19 God said to Abraham: You will keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you, according to their generations.
2 Let us keep the commandments of God
Leviticus 26:3 If you follow my laws, if you keep my commandments and put them into practice,
3 Let’s keep our hearts
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart more than anything else, for from it come the sources of life.
4 Let us keep the advice of Christ
Matthew 6:1 Do not practice your righteousness before men, to be seen; otherwise, you will have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 18:10 Beware of despising one of these little ones; for I tell you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments.
John 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept the commandments of my Father, and that I remain in his love.
Let us remind Jeremiah who has kept his trust in God and reminds us of our father’s love in his words:
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the projects I have formed on you, says the Lord, projects of peace and not of misfortune, in order to give you a future and hope.
God bless you!