Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jeremiah-Call to God. He Will Answer You.

By Mary Vee
Jeremiah 33


From Jeremiah's Journal


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My name is Jeremiah. I am a prophet, a messenger sent from God.

I am still under house arrest. That means I'm not in the worst prison, but still under guard. I am in the Royal prison.

Why am I under arrest? Because I tell King Zedekiah and the people warnings from God. They don't like to hear that God will punish them for disobeying Him.

The last message I gave from God is what caused me to be here in the court prison. Don't worry, it won't stop me from telling the king and the people any new messages from God.

This morning God spoke to me and gave another message:

The Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it--the Lord is his name. He says, "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

This is the message God wanted to tell all the people in this city and the royal palaces of Judah even though their houses have been torn down to be used against the attacking armies from Babylon. "I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness."

After the time of punishment, though, God said, "I will bring health and healing to this city. I will heal my people and will let them enjoy peace and security. I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have done and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. Then this city will bring me joy, praise, and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it. And they will be in awe and tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I give to you." 

God also said, "You men of Judah say this place is a desolate waste, without men or animals. Yet in these towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted, inhabited by neither men nor animals, the sounds of joy and gladness will be heard. There will be pastures for shepherds to rest their flocks. There will be voices of bride and bridegrooms and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord saying:

"'Give thanks to the Lord Almighty for the Lord is good. His love endures forever.'

God also said, "I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before."

God had told me to write all the words He has told me in a book to help the people remember. And I did.

God said, "The days are coming when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave Abraham and Moses."

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1.  Why did King Zedekiah arrest Jeremiah?
2.  What new message did God give Jeremiah to tell the people.
3.  After the time of captivity ends, what does God promise to do?


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