Saturday, November 04, 2006

Devotional Note for Jeremiah 1-3


Psalm 73:28: “It is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.”

Mark 1:35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Text: Jeremiah 1-3

Discovery through A.C.T.I.O.N.S. (Psalm 119:18-Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your Law)

Adoration-for who God is

Jeremiah chapter 1-3 highlights God as the Sovereign Lord (1:6), all-seeing God who is watching the world to see that His word is fulfilled (1:11-12), righteous Judge (1:16), Immanuel (1:8,19), Glorious One and True God (2:11), merciful God (3:12), our Husband (3:14), and Father God (3:19b).

The message and point of these three chapters can be summarized by two ‘C’s:

Chapter 1: The Sovereign Lord (v.6) called Jeremiah to be the prophet of Judah (v.4) during the reign of king Josiah, Jehoiakim and Zedekiah (639-587 B.C.). God commissioned Jeremiah to preach His command and message of destruction and revival to His people (vv.7,10,16-18). Leaders and people would be stubborn (vv.18-19a), but God of Immanuel would make Jeremiah firm, steadfast and bold in his prophetic ministry (vv.8,19).

Chapter 2: Spiritual crisis (that was spiritual ‘prostitution’: 2:20; 3:1,2,6-10,20,23) ruined Judah---loss of first love and devotion to God (2:2-3), idolatry and rebel (2:5-8,11,20,25b,27-28; 3:13,24), they forsook God and dug their own cisterns that couldn’t hold water (2:13,17), wickedness and backsliding (2:19a; 3:22), no awe of God (2:19b; 3:4-5), did not serve God (2:20), did not respond to correction (2:30-35), forgot God (2:32; 3:21), and injustice (2:34). After the exile, God would give His people ‘shepherds’ after His own heart to lead the remnant back to Zion (3:14-15). Man-made tabernacle was no longer significant (3:16), for the true TABERNACLE (Christ/Messiah) would come, bringing spiritual revival and repentance in Jerusalem (3:17) and reconciliation (3:18).

Confession-for what I sin

1:8,19: For often being fearful and giving excuses to not do God’s ministry, forgive me, O Lord! You are with me, will rescue me! You appoint me, you would anoint me!

Thanksgiving-for what God does

1:4: God knows me before He formed me in the womb, set me apart for a definite purpose before I were born, God loves me!

1:18: God would make me strong, firm and steadfast as He sends me to minister to the corrupted world which tends to reject God’s voice: God make me “a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall”.

Inspiring verse(s)-for what help it gives

1:19: “They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you, declares the Lord.”

3:15: “I will give you shepherds after my own heart who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.”

Obedience-for what it teaches or orders

1:10: Here am I, O Lord, send me to preach Your messages of destruction and revival---“to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant”.

Now-action-for what I must do

1. Persevere to fight the good fight and finish the race like Jeremiah who served God for more than 40 years in a country with spiritual crisis and corrupted leadership that did not appreciate his ministry (1:1-19).

2. Preach the message of judgment and revival to God’s people (1:10), that Christians may rekindle our devotion, first love to God, faithfulness and holiness (2:2-3).

3. Purge spiritual backsliding within me (2:19; 3:22). Stand up for Jesus!

4. Pastor more shepherds (spiritual leaders) to take care of God’s flock in today’s world! (3:15) People (the non-Christians) need the Lord; but people of God (Christians) need good shepherds / leaders after God’s heart for discipleship and mentoring, so that they may be 'C.U.T.E.M.' (changed by God, used by God, taught by God, empowered by God, and multiply!).

Supplication-for strength and wisdom to do


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