Thursday, August 12, 2010

August Twelve

~Good Morning~
Playing catchup on the blog part..

  • Help!! It says that God is controlling the people's hearts, right? SO is God giving them hard hearts to make them disobey Him and now changing it to Worship him? I thought we had free will?
7 I will give them hearts that recognize me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.



Today's Scripture:
Jeremiah 23:33-24:10
False Prophecies and False Prophets
33 "Suppose one of the people or one of the prophets or priests asks you, 'What prophecy has the Lord burdened you with now?' You must reply, 'You are the burden! The Lord says he will abandon you!'
34 "If any prophet, priest, or anyone else says, 'I have a prophecy from the Lord,' I will punish that person along with his entire family. 35 You should keep asking each other, 'What is the Lord's answer?' or 'What is the Lord saying?' 36 But stop using this phrase, 'prophecy from the Lord.' For people are using it to give authority to their own ideas, turning upside down the words of our God, the living God, the Lord of Heaven's Armies.
37 "This is what you should say to the prophets: 'What is the Lord's answer?' or 'What is the Lord saying?' 38 But suppose they respond, 'This is a prophecy from the Lord!' Then you should say, 'This is what the Lordsays: Because you have used this phrase, "prophecy from the Lord," even though I warned you not to use it, 39 I will forget you completely. I will expel you from my presence, along with this city that I gave to you and your ancestors. 40 And I will make you an object of ridicule, and your name will be infamous throughout the ages.'"
Jeremiah 24
Good and Bad Figs
1 After King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon exiled Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, to Babylon along with the officials of Judah and all the craftsmen and artisans, the Lord gave me this vision. I saw two baskets of figs placed in front of the Lord's Temple in Jerusalem. 2 One basket was filled with fresh, ripe figs, while the other was filled with bad figs that were too rotten to eat.
3 Then the Lord said to me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?"
I replied, "Figs, some very good and some very bad, too rotten to eat."
4 Then the Lord gave me this message: 5 "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: The good figs represent the exiles I sent from Judah to the land of the Babylonians. 6 I will watch over and care for them, and I will bring them back here again. I will build them up and not tear them down. I will plant them and not uproot them7 I will give them hearts that recognize me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.
8 "But the bad figs," the Lord said, "represent King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, all the people left in Jerusalem, and those who live in Egypt. I will treat them like bad figs, too rotten to eat. 9 I will make them an object of horror and a symbol of evil to every nation on earth. They will be disgraced and mocked, taunted and cursed, wherever I scatter them.10 And I will send war, famine, and disease until they have vanished from the land of Israel, which I gave to them and their ancestors."
Jeremiah 29-31:14
Jeremiah 29
A Letter to the Exiles
Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to the elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. 2 This was after King Jehoiachin, the queen mother, the court officials, the other officials of Judah, and all the craftsmen and artisans had been deported from Jerusalem. 3 He sent the letter with Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah when they went to Babylon as King Zedekiah's ambassadors to Nebuchadnezzar. This is what Jeremiah's letter said:
4 This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: 5 "Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. 6 Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! 7 And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare."
 8 This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams, 9 because they are telling you lies in my name. I have not sent them," says the Lord.
 10 This is what the Lord says: "You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11 For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you," says the Lord. "I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land."
 15 You claim that the Lord has raised up prophets for you in Babylon. 16But this is what the Lord says about the king who sits on David's throne and all those still living here in Jerusalem—your relatives who were not exiled to Babylon. 17 This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies says: "I will send war, famine, and disease upon them and make them like bad figs, too rotten to eat. 18 Yes, I will pursue them with war, famine, and disease, and I will scatter them around the world. In every nation where I send them, I will make them an object of damnation, horror, contempt, and mockery. 19 For they refuse to listen to me, though I have spoken to them repeatedly through the prophets I sent. And you who are in exile have not listened either," says the Lord.
 20 Therefore, listen to this message from the Lord, all you captives there in Babylon. 21 This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies, the God of Israel, says about your prophets—Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah—who are telling you lies in my name: "I will turn them over to Nebuchadnezzar for execution before your eyes. 22 Their terrible fate will become proverbial, so that the Judean exiles will curse someone by saying, 'May the Lord make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned alive!' 23 For these men have done terrible things among my people. They have committed adultery with their neighbors' wives and have lied in my name, saying things I did not command. I am a witness to this. I, the Lord, have spoken."
A Message for Shemaiah
24 The Lord sent this message to Shemaiah the Nehelamite in Babylon:25 "This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies, the God of Israel, says: You wrote a letter on your own authority to Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, and you sent copies to the other priests and people in Jerusalem. You wrote to Zephaniah,
26 "The Lord has appointed you to replace Jehoiada as the priest in charge of the house of the Lord. You are responsible to put into stocks and neck irons any crazy man who claims to be a prophet. 27 So why have you done nothing to stop Jeremiah from Anathoth, who pretends to be a prophet among you? 28 Jeremiah sent a letter here to Babylon, predicting that our captivity will be a long one. He said, 'Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce.'"
29 But when Zephaniah the priest received Shemaiah's letter, he took it to Jeremiah and read it to him. 30 Then the Lord gave this message to Jeremiah: 31 "Send an open letter to all the exiles in Babylon. Tell them, 'This is what the Lord says concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Since he has prophesied to you when I did not send him and has tricked you into believing his lies, 32 I will punish him and his family. None of his descendants will see the good things I will do for my people, for he has incited you to rebel against me. I, the Lord, have spoken!'"
Jeremiah 30
Promises of Deliverance
1 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, 2 "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah. 3 For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it again. I, the Lord, have spoken!"
4 This is the message the Lord gave concerning Israel and Judah. 5 This is what the Lord says:
"I hear cries of fear;
      there is terror and no peace.
 6 Now let me ask you a question:
      Do men give birth to babies?
   Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced,
      hands pressed against their sides
      like a woman in labor?
 7 In all history there has never been such a time of terror.
      It will be a time of trouble for my people Israel.
      Yet in the end they will be saved!
 8 For in that day,"
      says the Lord of Heaven's Armies,
   "I will break the yoke from their necks
      and snap their chains.
   Foreigners will no longer be their masters.
    9 For my people will serve the Lord their God
   and their king descended from David—
      the king I will raise up for them.
10 "So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant;
      do not be dismayed, Israel,"
      says the Lord.
   "For I will bring you home again from distant lands,
      and your children will return from their exile.
   Israel will return to a life of peace and quiet,
      and no one will terrorize them.
 11 For I am with you and will save you,"
      says the Lord.
   "I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you,
      but I will not completely destroy you.
   I will discipline you, but with justice;
      I cannot let you go unpunished."
12 This is what the Lord says:
   "Your injury is incurable—
      a terrible wound.
 13 There is no one to help you
      or to bind up your injury.
      No medicine can heal you.
 14 All your lovers—your allies—have left you
      and do not care about you anymore.
   I have wounded you cruelly,
      as though I were your enemy.
   For your sins are many,
      and your guilt is great.
 15 Why do you protest your punishment—
      this wound that has no cure?
   I have had to punish you
      because your sins are many
      and your guilt is great.
16 "But all who devour you will be devoured,
      and all your enemies will be sent into exile.
   All who plunder you will be plundered,
      and all who attack you will be attacked.
 17 I will give you back your health
      and heal your wounds," says the Lord.
   "For you are called an outcast—
      'Jerusalem for whom no one cares.'"
18 This is what the Lord says:
   "When I bring Israel home again from captivity
      and restore their fortunes,
   Jerusalem will be rebuilt on its ruins,
      and the palace reconstructed as before.
 19 There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving,
      and I will multiply my people, not diminish them;
   I will honor them, not despise them.
    20 Their children will prosper as they did long ago.
   I will establish them as a nation before me,
      and I will punish anyone who hurts them.
 21 They will have their own ruler again,
      and he will come from their own people.
   I will invite him to approach me," says the Lord,
      "for who would dare to come unless invited?
 22 You will be my people,
      and I will be your God."
23 Look! The Lord's anger bursts out like a storm,
      a driving wind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
 24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not diminish
      until it has finished all he has planned.
   In the days to come
      you will understand all this.
Jeremiah 31
Hope for Restoration
"In that day," says the Lord, "I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people. 2 This is what the Lord says:
"Those who survive the coming destruction
      will find blessings even in the barren land,
      for I will give rest to the people of Israel."
3 Long ago the Lord said to Israel:
   "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
      With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
 4 I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel.
ou will again be happy
      and dance merrily with your tambourines.
 5 Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria
      and eat from your own gardens there.
 6 The day will come when watchmen will shout
      from the hill country of Ephraim,
   'Come, let us go up to Jerusalem
      to worship the Lord our God.'"
7 Now this is what the Lord says:
   "Sing with joy for Israel.
      Shout for the greatest of nations!
   Shout out with praise and joy:
   'Save your people, O Lord,
      the remnant of Israel!'
 8 For I will bring them from the north
      and from the distant corners of the earth.
   I will not forget the blind and lame,
      the expectant mothers and women in labor.
      A great company will return!
 9 Tears of joy will stream down their faces,
      and I will lead them home with great care.
   They will walk beside quiet streams
      and on smooth paths where they will not stumble.
   For I am Israel's father,
      and Ephraim is my oldest child.
10 "Listen to this message from the Lord,
      you nations of the world;
      proclaim it in distant coastlands:
   The Lord, who scattered his people,
      will gather them and watch over them
      as a shepherd does his flock.
 11 For the Lord has redeemed Israel
      from those too strong for them.
 12 They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem.
      They will be radiant because of the Lord's good gifts—
   the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil,
      and the healthy flocks and herds.
   Their life will be like a watered garden,
      and all their sorrows will be gone.
 13 The young women will dance for joy,
      and the men—old and young—will join in the celebration.
   I will turn their mourning into joy.
      I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.
 14 The priests will enjoy abundance,
      and my people will feast on my good gifts.
      I, the Lord, have spoken!"



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