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Trip 689:  Opposition of Hananiah; Condemnation of Hananiah

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Jeremiah 28:1-17

Focal verse(s):  Jeremiah 28:9:  “But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”

Jeremiah’s message about the coming judgment was directly opposed by Hananiah, who said Judah would be victorious over Babylon.  The false prophet urged Judah to revolt against Nebuchadnezzar, promising the temple treasures would be returned from Babylon within two years, directly contradicting Jeremiah’s message.  Hananiah removed the yoke Jeremiah was wearing around his neck and broke it to support his false prophesy that God would break Nebuchadnezzar’s yoke within two years.  God told Jeremiah that Hananiah had broken a wooden yoke, but it would be replaced by an iron yoke which would be attached to the neck of the nations and could not be broken.  To prove that Jeremiah was the true prophet, God would kill Hananiah within the next seven months.  Hananiah died two months later!  How do you test to be sure a prophet is true? This can be done by asking two simple questions: (1) “Does his life match his words?”  (2) “Does the Bible back up his statements?”  You can’t go wrong with the combination of these two questions in proving a prophet’s credibility!

 
 

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Trip 688:  Jeremiah’s Message to Damascus, Kedar, and Kingdoms of Hazor and Elam; Jeremiah’s Warning about False Prophets

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Jeremiah 49:23-39      __Jeremiah 27:1-22

Focal verse(s):  Jeremiah 49:39:  “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam in days to come…”

Jeremiah prophesied that Nebuchadnezzar would come against Syria and specifically mentioned the cities of Damascus, Hamath, and Arpad.  Those cities would be destroyed, their fortresses burned, and their soldiers killed.  Jeremiah also prophesied against Kedar, which was a nomadic desert tribe who lived in tents made out of black goat-hair:  Their tents would be burned by Nebuchadnezzar and all their camels and possessions would be seized by the invaders.  Jeremiah urged the citizens of Hazer to hide from Nebuchadnezzar in caves, because Nebuchadnezzar would also take their possessions, herds, and camels and their city would be totally destroyed.  Elam (modem day Iran), a country containing many skilled archers, would be judged and God would “break their bows”, meaning defeat by using Nebuchadnezzar as His tool of judgment.  It is interesting that God promised to restore the fortunes of Iran in the future!  Jeremiah again warned Zedekiah not to trust the false prophets who said he would have victory against Babylon.  The false prophets were also saying the treasures that had been carried off to Babylon would soon be returned, which was another lie.  Since the 1980’s Iran has been an enemy of the United States, but Jeremiah’s prophesy is that God will one day restore Iran, so we had better be very careful in how we deal with this country!

 
 

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Trip 687:  Jeremiah’s Message to Ammon

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Jeremiah 49:1-22

Focal verse(s):  Jeremiah 49:5:  “’I will bring terror on you from all those around you’, declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

The country of Ammon was located just north of Moab and had been a longtime adversary of Judah, although Judah and Ammon formed an alliance against Babylon during the final revolt against Nebuchadnezzar.  The Ammonites were responsible for the infiltration of the worship of the god Molech into Judah, so Jeremiah announced that judgment would come upon Ammon’s capital city of Rabbah and it would be destroyed.  Like Moab, Ammon was full of pride and had taken over some of Israel’s territory when it fell to Babylon.  God also promised to restore the blessings of Ammon in the future.  South of Moab was the country of Edom which also had been a consistent enemy of Judah over the years.  Edom had a reputation for being full of wise men, but because of their sin God would severely judge the nation, leaving only the orphans and widows as survivors.  Like Moab and Ammon, Edom was very confident in its military defenses, but God vowed that it would quickly be destroyed and fall to the conquering enemy and would be so thoroughly ravished that no one would be able to live in its cities.  God did not promise to restore Edom like He had vowed in the cases of Moab, Ammon, and Egypt.  The prophesy of Edom not being restored was fulfilled during the silent years between the Old Testament and New Testament writing when they were driven from their land by desert tribes and ceased to exist as a nationality.  Family and national roots are very important to God and should be to you as well!  If you do not have a family album, take some time to find out about your “roots” and ancestral heritage.  Regardless of how distinguished or undistinguished your earthly family history is, you belong to the Heavenly family of Jesus which has an eternally glorious future!

 
 

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Trip 686:  Jeremiah’s Message to Moab—Part 2

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Jeremiah 48:14-47

Focal verse(s):  Jeremiah 48:15:  “‘Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded; her finest young men will go down in the slaughter,’ declares the King, whose name is the Lord Almighty.”

Like so many nations who have fallen because of pride, Moab thought they were unbeatable, but Jeremiah said Moab would be swiftly defeated and all of the cities of Moab would be utterly destroyed. To illustrate how greatly Moab would be shamed, Jeremiah used the term “wallow in her vomit”.  Because Moab had enjoyed a long history of peace, the nation had become full of pride and had grown rich and prosperous, but the coming judgment would leave all Moabites who survived in a state of severe poverty and humility.  Moab would be judged because the nation had defied God and worshipped false idols.  God said He would restore Moab in “latter days”, referring to the millennial reign of Jesus.  As the Bible says in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction…”, and that’s exactly what happened in the case of Moab.  America is a lot like Moab, having enjoyed years of peace in its own land, and filled with a pride that says “God wouldn’t punish us because He has blessed our nation”.  Look out, America, pride always comes before destruction!  Two ladies once were talking about the great missionary, Hudson Taylor, wondering if he was ever tempted to be proud. One of the ladies went and asked Mrs. Taylor, but she did not know. Mrs. Taylor asked Hudson, who was surprised and asked, “Proud of what?”  Mrs. Taylor replied, ‘Why, of all the things you have done.”  Then Hudson Taylor gave this beautiful answer, “I never knew 1 had done anything.”  And he was right; he never had done anything, for it was God who worked in and through him! *

* Walter B. Knight, “Knight’s Master Book of New illustrations”, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Co.) p. 515

 
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Trip 686:  Jeremiah’s Message to Moab—Part 2

THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Jeremiah 48:14-47

Focal verse(s):  Jeremiah 48:15:  “‘Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded; her finest young men will go down in the slaughter,’ declares the King, whose name is the Lord Almighty.”

Like so many nations who have fallen because of pride, Moab thought they were unbeatable, but Jeremiah said Moab would be swiftly defeated and all of the cities of Moab would be utterly destroyed. To illustrate how greatly Moab would be shamed, Jeremiah used the term “wallow in her vomit”.  Because Moab had enjoyed a long history of peace, the nation had become full of pride and had grown rich and prosperous, but the coming judgment would leave all Moabites who survived in a state of severe poverty and humility.  Moab would be judged because the nation had defied God and worshipped false idols.  God said He would restore Moab in “latter days”, referring to the millennial reign of Jesus.  As the Bible says in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction…”, and that’s exactly what happened in the case of Moab.  America is a lot like Moab, having enjoyed years of peace in its own land, and filled with a pride that says “God wouldn’t punish us because He has blessed our nation”.  Look out, America, pride always comes before destruction!  Two ladies once were talking about the great missionary, Hudson Taylor, wondering if he was ever tempted to be proud. One of the ladies went and asked Mrs. Taylor, but she did not know. Mrs. Taylor asked Hudson, who was surprised and asked, “Proud of what?”  Mrs. Taylor replied, ‘Why, of all the things you have done.”  Then Hudson Taylor gave this beautiful answer, “I never knew 1 had done anything.”  And he was right; he never had done anything, for it was God who worked in and through him! *

* Walter B. Knight, “Knight’s Master Book of New illustrations”, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Co.) p. 515

 
 

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Trip 685:  Jeremiah’s Message to the Nations (594 B.C.); Jeremiah’s Message to Moab

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Jeremiah 27:1-11     __Jeremiah 48:1-13

Focal verse(s):  Jeremiah 27:6:  “Now I will hand all your countries over to my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.”

  • Although Jehoiakim was mentioned in the 27th chapter as being king, it is believed by most authorities that this was written in the time of Zedekiah’s reign and a scribe made a copying error by accidently copying from chapter 26, since Zedekiah is named as king in both the 3rd and 12th verse. This explains why verse 1 is omitted in the Septuagint manuscript.  God told Jeremiah to construct a yoke and to put it around his neck.  There were ambassadors from several countries in Jerusalem to meet with Zedekiah, probably about forming an alliance to try to defeat Babylon.  Jeremiah announced to these delegates that God had chosen Nebuchadnezzar to rule over the nations until the Lord would judge them.  He warned them not to rebel against Babylon because any country that did not submit to the ”yoke” of Babylon would be punished by famine, plague, and war.  Jeremiah predicted the coming destruction of Moab, which would also suffer humiliation and exile.  Are you “yoked” to some habit or sin today?  Habits have a way of clinging to us like parasites!  The word “habit” comes from a Latin word which indicates that habits have us, instead of our having them.  Instead of saying to a person, “He has a bad habit,” we might well say, “A bad habit has him.”  It is therefore extremely necessary that we form right habits.  When you give your life to Christ, you are to be yoked to Jesus and He is to guide your life.  If something other than Jesus’ yoke is leading you today, ask God to break the yoke of slavery in your life and be yoked to Jesus!  In a literal sense, the word ‘Yoke’ means a bar of wood, so constructed as to unite two animals (usually oxen), enabling them to work in the fields, drawing loads, pulling instruments used for farming. In the Bible, it is figuratively used as a symbol of slavery (1 Tim 6:1), servant-hood (Leviticus 26:13: ”I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.”), submission, forced subjection, burden, load, oppression (Isaiah, 9:4),  and bondage to sin (Lamentations. 1:14: “My sins have been bound into a yoke, by his hands, they were woven together…”) *  In Matthew 11:30, Jesus tells us about His yoke of freedom when He says, “for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

* “Bibleseo-Free Bible Study Lessons”: http://bibleseo.com/christian-life/yoke-bible-definition-word-study/

 

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Trip 684: Kingship of Zedekiah (597-586 B.C.); Jeremiah’s Vision of Judah’s Fate (Approx. 597 B.C.)

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __2 Kings 24:18-20     __2 Chronicles 36:11     __Jeremiah 52:1-3 __Jeremiah 24:1-10

Focal verse(s):  Jeremiah 52:1:  “Zedekiah was twenty one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years…

Evidently Zedekiah was not recognized as king of Judah by many of the people because he had been put in charge by an enemy ruler.  His reign as puppet king lasted 11 years until he unwisely rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar and teamed up with the Egyptian pharaoh.  Jeremiah had a vision about 2 baskets full of figs which had been laid in front of the temple.  One basket was full of good fruit and represented the first fruits which are offered to the Lord.  The other basket was full of bad fruit that were so rotten it could not be consumed, symbolizing an unacceptable offering to God.  The first basket of good fruit stood for the righteous remnant that had been taken captive into Babylon and the rotten fruit represented king Zedekiah and the other survivors who were an abomination to God and would be cursed by the Lord through starvation, war, or disease.  There are only 2 kinds of people on the earth: those who are righteous in the eyes of God because their sins have been paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ and those who are guilty before God because they have never repented and been born into God’s Kingdom!  The first group, like the good figs, will be blessed and the second group, like the rotten fruit will be cursed!  Knowing that fact should motivate every Christian to witness for Christ!

 

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