November 9 | Daily Devotion

November 9 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“…Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the Lord Almighty, though their land is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel.” ~Jeremiah 51:5

The final two chapters of Jeremiah provide additional material, very much like an appendix. This appendix includes the full text of one of Jeremiah’s sermons against Babylon and a detailed accounting of the final fall of Judah (which we have already witnessed).

Judah was in a state of political flux between the years 609 and 581 BC as first Egypt and then Babylon invade the nation. Verses 28-30 in chapter 52 lists exiles from three different rebellions (in 597, 586, and 581 successively). The people’s determined deafness to Jeremiah’s message of conciliation and repentance led to a series of uprisings against Babylon. Babylon responded by siphoning the people off the land little by little. Judah was devastated in the 586 put down of their insurrection and all but finished off in 581.

God was so patient with His people. He brought warning after warning. He brought measured discipline. But the people refused to listen. They refused to make the worship of God a priority in their lives and worshipped false gods instead. They refused to care for the widow and orphan and those in need. They refused to be generous with the blessings God had given them. They committed all kinds of immorality. And they treated the prophets of God with contempt. As a result, the people were disciplined, their treasures plundered, and their land left desolate. But there is a note of hope as the king is treated kindly in exile.

It is never too late. We must turn to the Lord now while we can. We must hear His Word and love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind. He wants to show us mercy, even if we have rebelled against Him.

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.