Topic: Judgment For The Disobedient
[DCLM Daily Manna 19 July 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Jeremiah 25:1-11
1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;
2 The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.
4 And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.
5 They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:
6 And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.
7 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
8 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words,
9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.
10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
Key Verse: “Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations” (Jeremiah 25:9).
Charles Spurgeon once said, “Obedience which is not voluntary is disobedience, for the Lord looketh at the heart, and if He seeth that we serve Him from force, and not because we love Him, He will reject our offering.”
Obedience is a key to success for the Christian. It most be prompt and real as it brings blessings. Disobedience on the other hand brings judgment, destruction, damnation and death to the disobedient.
Today’s passage is a pronouncement of judgment on the disobedient and mockers of God’s prophets. God sent Prophet Jeremiah to pronounce judgment on the children of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Over the years, the Lord had raised up several prophets who had spoken God’s mind to them; urging them to turn from their evil ways and not serve the gods of the land. Despite all the warnings and pleadings, the children of Judah had scorned God’s words and even mocked His prophets, thereby, provoking Him to anger with the works of their hands.
For being incorrigible, God sent His prophet, Jeremiah, to pronounce judgment on them. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, would invade Judah and utterly destroy the land and its inhabitants. The land will become a perpetual desolation and the voice of joy, gladness and celebrations shall cease. Darkness and hissings shall take over the land of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. The consummation of the judgment was that the entire nation would be brought under the captivity of Babylon for seventy years.
Obedience to God’s word, will and way, is the only pathway to life’s bliss, joy and happiness. Disobedience, on the other hand, leads to loss, destruction and damnation. To receive God’s favour, we must obey His word and reverence His prophets.
Thought For The Day: Obedience is the key to real faith!
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