THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Jeremiah 19:1 through Jeremiah 20:6
Focal verse(s): Jeremiah 19:11: “and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Just so will I break this people and this city, even as one breaks a potter’s vessel, which cannot again be repaired; and they will bury in Topheth because there is no other place for burial.”
God sent Jeremiah to buy a potter’s earthen bottle and told him to take some of the elders and priests with him as witnesses. The Lord told Jeremiah to take the bottle to the Valley of Ben Hinnom, which was the city dump. They went to the Potsherd Gate, which the potters used to throwaway their broken pieces of pottery. When the men reached the Potsherd Gate, Jeremiah delivered a sermon from the Lord in which he condemned their idolatry and began to describe the coming judgment of God. The Babylonians would invade them and slay many of them, leaving their bodies exposed for the birds and wild animals to feed upon. The people who survived would become so starved during Babylon’s siege of Jerusalem they would become cannibals, eating their own children! As Jeremiah preached this message, he took the bottle he had purchased and broke it to illustrate how God would break Jerusalem and Judah. After he finished his sermon to the elders and priests, Jeremiah returned to the city and repeated his sermon to the people in the temple court. One of the priests named Pashhur had Jeremiah taken and whipped with 40 lashes, then put him in the stocks to be publicly harassed. After Jeremiah was freed the next day he continued to preach the same message, changing Pashhur’s name to “terror on every side” and mentioning the fact that Pashhur would receive God’s punishment because of his rejection of the Lord’s message. We need more Jeremiah’s in today’s world! Do you have the commitment to Christ to take public ridicule and even physical abuse and never waive in your commitment to our Savior? Become a “Jeremiah person” today and you will truly make a difference in this world for Christ!