Friday, March 10
The reoccurring theme I noticed from all of today’s chapters was obedience.
In chapter 35 we see the example of obedience from the Rekabites. They had some unusual commands to follow, but they followed them anyways! They weren’t allowed to drink wine, build houses, sow a seed or plant vineyards. (35:6-7) At first I didn’t really recognize the significance of this, I mean, what’s the big deal if you don’t have to work fields right? But then I started wondering, how are they living in those times without working and still surviving? These commands they were told to obey were not easy to follow in that age! Yet they still obeyed. Because of this, God rewarded their family tree. (35:19)
In Jeremiah 36 we see the bad example of obedience. As I was reading how the king completely disrespected God’s message, it reminded me of being in elementary school when one person did something wrong and the entire class just went: “Oooooooooohhhhh…..” with our mouths hanging open. I was just waiting with wide eyes and an open mouth as I read about the scroll being burned up. As to be expected, God was not a fan of this disobedience. 36:31 says, “I will punish him and his children and his attendants for their wickedness; I will bring on them and those living in Jerusalem and the people of Judah every disaster I pronounced against them, because they have not listened.” Everyone is an example, some are just an example of what NOT to do!
Jeremiah left us with a great example of obedience in chapter 37. He ended up being thrown in prison for obeying God’s commands! But this did not stop him from speaking the truth God told him to speak. Even though it would’ve been a lot easier to just tell the king what he wanted to hear, Jeremiah chose to obey God. He knew that his reward would come later.
“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” -Jeremiah 17:10 (I know it’s not this week’s passage but it’s still in this book!)
Our obedience to God will be rewarded, the Bible tells us that all the time! It also tells us that disobedience will lead to disaster. Are you willing to follow the example the Rekabites and Jeremiah gave, obeying God’s commands even when they aren’t easy and can make you suffer for a little while, so that you can be rewarded later? Or do you follow the bad example from the king of disobedience because it’s easier to do and hear? Look to our examples from Jeremiah!
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