Praying Through the Bible #84
TEXT: Jeremiah 36:1-7
From the last two messages in this series, we are already familiar with the context of this passage. Jeremiah is God's man prophesying to the rebellious nation of Judah which, thus far, has refused to listen to God's call for repentance. Now, the Lord tells Jeremiah to write down all of the messages that he has delivered over the previous 23 years. Jeremiah has his scribe, Baruch, record these messages on parchment. Baruch was a member of an important family in Judah, and archaeologists say that in excavations around Jerusalem, they have found signet rings bearing Baruch's name. The signet ring would have been dipped in hot wax or in ink and then stamped on the parchment in order to identify the writing as genuine.
As we see from this passage, the nation of Judah is still in rebellion against God, and God has warned them that judgment is coming in the form of being conquered and taken into captivity by Babylon. In fact, approximately a year before the events of chapter 36, the Babylonians had subdued Judah, and the first wave of captives -- which consisted of the royalty and the members of the noble families including Daniel -- had been marched off into the desert.
One would think that that alone would be enough to grab the attention of the children of Israel -- to get them to see the error of their ways and get them to repent. And that is what God calls them to do. In light of our focus on prayer, let's look at this passage and see the proper response to God's chastisement.
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