Bible Study Minute 6/15/18

Jeremiah 25; 29

Do you see the consistency of God’s message?

Jeremiah preached to Judah for 23 years. During this time he begged the people to repent of their idolatry and return to God. Through the prophets God gave his people every opportunity possible to relent of their wicked ways.

Even with prophet after prophet coming their way, Judah refused to return to God. So, God promised to make them drink the cup of his wrath. But, not only Judah, the rest of the surrounding area would suffer the same punishment for their sins. This judgment would come at the hand of Babylon and king Nebuchadnezzar. He would conquer the land, devastate it, and exile the people. This word that Jeremiah preached in chapter 25 came to pass as the Lord had spoken.

In chapter 29 Judah is exiled in Babylon. Yet, even in exile, God showers his people with his grace. He tells the people to flourish in their exile and to seek Babylon’s welfare. By seeking Babylon’s welfare they would secure their own. Additionally, he promised that this exile would only last 70 years. After that time, he would return them to their land.

What we see in Jeremiah’s preaching is that God’s message remains the same. All the prophets preached the same message of God’s wrath, his desire for repentance, as well as a message of hope. God never changed.

Lastly, look at the cup of wrath that Judah had to drink. This should point us to Christ. On the cross he drank the full cup of God’s wrath so we wouldn’t have to. We are spared God’s judgment, instead becoming his adopted children.

Given God’s consistent message and the cup of wrath that Jesus bore on our behalf, how does that strengthen your faith?