Scripture reading for September 1st: Jeremiah 50-52; Lamentations 1
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 51:61-14 “He (Jeremiah) said to Seraiah, “When you get to Babylon, see that you read all these words aloud. Then say, ‘O Lord, You have said You will destroy this place, so that neither man nor animal will live in it; it will be desolate forever.’ When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates. Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring upon her. And her people will fall.'”
Jeremiah instructed Seraiah to read the scroll with His judgments on Babylon over the land and its people. This was God’s warning to them before judgment. In this warning, God called His people to flee Babylon and promised them protection. He was to tie a rock on the scroll and throw it into the Euphrates river as a prophetic act. The judgment happened 70 years later as Daniel read Jeremiah’s prophecy and interpreted the handwriting on the wall. It will happen a final time at the end of the ages before God’s final judgment on Babylon, the human-centered world system.
Angelic Prophetic Confirmation: “Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.” (Revelation 18:21)
Scripture reading for August 31st: Jeremiah 45-49
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 45:2-5 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch: You said, ‘Woe to me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.'” The Lord said, “Say this to him: ‘This is what the Lord says: I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the land. Should you then seek great things for yourself? Seek them not. for I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.”
Baruch was Jeremiah’s faithful scribe. He had been through all the derision and persecution and God had heard him lamenting the hard times he was experiencing and longing for something for himself. God spoke to him about His plans for judgment on the land and the futility of seeking great things on earth. He promised him escape from death and judgment–something eternal and lasting!
Stand firm for life: Jesus warned His disciples: “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of Me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.” (Luke 21:16-19)
Scripture reading for August 30th: Jeremiah 41-44
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 42:19-22 “”O remnant of Judah, the Lord has told you, ‘Do not go to Egypt.’ Be sure of this: I warn you today that you made a fatal mistake when you sent me to the Lord your God and said, ‘Pray to the Lord our God for us; tell us everything He says and we will do it. I have told you today, but you still have not obeyed the Lord your God in all He sent me to tell you. So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famine and plague in the place where you want to go to settle (Egypt).””
Jeremiah had been asked by the leaders of the remnant left in Jerusalem whether they should stay there under the Babylonian rule or go to Egypt. Jeremiah prayed and God answered: ‘Stay in Jerusalem.’ But the leaders knew better than God. God warned them what would happen if they went but they chose to disobey! Rebellion is stubborn and won’t listen to reason!
Lord, give me and obedient heart: “The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold silver, bronze, stone and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21)
Scripture reading for August 29th: Jeremiah 36-40
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 39:16-18 “Go and tell Ebed-Melech the Cushite, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill My words against this city through disaster, not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes. But I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord; you will not be handed over to those you fear. I will save you; you will not fall by the sword, but will escape with your life, because you trust in Me,” declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah was instructed to tell the Gentile who helped him out of the pit and cared for him that God would spare his life. Although the city would go through God’s promised judgment because of the sins of His people, those who served Him would be spared! What a caring Father who fulfills His promises!
Rejoicing in God’s mercy promises: “But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.” (1st Thessalonians 5:8-10)
Scripture reading for August 28th: Jeremiah 32-35
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 32:26 “Then the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind, Is anything too hard for me?”
Jeremiah 33:2-3 “”This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it–the Lord is His Name: ‘Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'”
God has invited His people to talk with Him. He introduces Himself as “The God of all mankind”, “The Creator and One who sustains the earth.” He asked Jeremiah the question: “Is anything too hard for Me?” Usually when God asks a question, it isn’t because He needs our answer! The invitation is to call on Him for anything and everything. He promises to answer and reveal amazing truths to help us on our way to His House!
Thankful for prayer promises: Jesus the Son of God to His followers: “And I will do whatever you ask in My Name that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in My Name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14) “If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to My Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8)
Scripture reading for August 25th: Jeremiah 27-31
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 31:3-4 “The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful.”
Jeremiah 31:33-34 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put My law in their minds and write it on the tablets of their hears. I will be their God, and they will be My people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, for the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Thankful for forgiveness of sins: “The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First He says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time,” says the Lord. “I will put My laws in their hearts, and I will writ them on their minds.” Then He adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:15-17)
Scripture reading for August 24th: Jeremiah 23-26
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 23:3-6 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In His days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which He will be called: The Lord Our righteousness.”
God revealed to Jeremiah a coming time when He would raise up from King David’s line another “Branch”, who would be a King who would rule with wisdom and justice. In this King’s days, Judah would be saved and Israel would be protected. This King would be called by the Name: “The Lord our Righteousness”! This is none other than Jesus Christ, again foretold prophetically over 600 years in advance. Because He was truly righteous, in Him we can have true righteousness through faith!
Rejoice in the King’s Righteousness: “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” (Philippians 3:8-9)
Scripture reading for August 23rd: Jeremiah 18-22
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 18:3-6 “So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the Word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.”
Jeremiah was sent by God to the potters house for an object lesson. As he watched the potter work with the clay, the marred clay made a vessel that was not acceptable. The potter then reformed the clay into another pot and tried to work the marred spot out. God said that Israel and His people were like the clay in His hands. He would do with them as He alone knew best!
Thankful for a Wise Potter: “But Bod, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2nd Corinthians 4:6-7)
Scripture reading for August 22nd: Jeremiah 14-17
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I, the Lord, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”
God told Jeremiah and His people that their problem was a heart problem. Man’s heart is deceitful and cannot be cured through human effort. But God, alone, searches man’s heart and examines all his thoughts. He will one day judge mankind for the deeds that come from man’s wicked and deceitful heart. But God also loves mankind and has provided the cure for the deceitful heart! Praise His Name!
Rejoicing in God’s Cure: Hearts are made pure by faith in Christ! “God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for He purified their hearts by faith. Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we or our fathers have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” (Acts 15:8-11)
Scripture reading for August 21st: Jeremiah 9-13
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 10:10-12 But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King. When He is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure His wrath. “Tell them this: ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under heaven.” But God made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding.”
Idols are simply objects made in images but without life. They can do nothing for those who make them or those who worship them. In fact, they are destined to perish, along with those who hold them. But God alone is the living God who made the heavens and the earth. He is the eternal King who rules the nations! In Him we can find true life and One worthy of worship!
Rejoicing in the Living God: “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine Being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent. For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all man by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:29-31)