Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 30-31:26; 1 Timothy 2:1-15; Psalm 87:1-7; Proverbs 25:18-19
Up until now Jeremiah had pretty much only prophesied destruction for Judah because of their sin. But as we saw in the prophecies God gave to Isaiah, God was never going to completely abandon the Jewish people. He would discipline them because of their sin. But He would subsequently restore them. Jeremiah predicts the same restoration starting in chapter 30 (Jeremiah 30:1).
Jeremiah’s prophecy was directed to both Israel and Judah (Jeremiah 30:4). Even though Israel was already conquered by Assyria, God had not forgotten them. God never loses track of any of us. We are all always on His mind.
The only nation God promises to never wipe off the face of the earth is Israel (Jeremiah 30:11). Even though God had to temporarily punish Israel for their sin, He did not, and would not, completely destroy them. Notice that God cannot let sin go unpunished.
Many people, admitting that humans are flawed, hypothesize that God will eventually overlook their mistakes. They think this because this is how people deal with flaws in others so we attribute the same behavior to God. But God does not think or act like we do (Isaiah 55:8). Not to mention that God says He is just. Someone who is just does not overlook transgressions. They punish transgressions. So if God were to overlook sin He would not be just. He would also be a liar because He says He is just. The entire hypothesis falls apart.
There is no cure for the disease of sin. There is nothing anyone can do to cure themselves. Our problem is so severe that only God can deal with it (Jeremiah 30:12-13). That is why He came to earth as Jesus, died by being nailed to a cross, and went to hell for 3 days. Only God could do that for us.
Its not unusual for God to reveal something that cannot be understood by those who read it or hear it (Jeremiah 30:24). I think He does this so that when it is finally revealed, we can look back on it and see that His message came true. This gives much credibility to the Bible and is something only God would think of doing. Its far too complicated a strategy for man to devise.
There isn’t anyone on earth who can’t benefit from prayer. God commands us to pray for everyone (1 Timothy 2:1). Friends. Family. Those we like. Those we don’t. Those who like us. Those who don’t. “All” means all. We should intercede for them – asking God to provide for them and to take care of their needs.
We are also to pray for our government leaders as well as anyone in authority, giving thanks for them (1 Timothy 2:2). The result of doing so is lives that are peaceful and quiet. It would seem that there isn’t enough praying for our leaders as there needs to be as when it comes to Christians living in America as our lives are anything but peaceful.
Notice that God wants everyone to understand the truth and be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). God has not predestined some people to heaven and others to hell. He created everyone with the desire that each of us will join Him in heaven. Notice that this verse also refers to God as our Savior. Of course, Jesus was our Savior. So this verse is clearly telling us that Jesus was God. If A=B and C=B then A=C.
The common belief in our world is that all faiths lead to the same God and anyone can find Him as long as they have a sincere heart. But the Bible does not support this. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5). Of course, Jesus Himself told us this in John 14:6.
The purpose of this letter to Timothy is to instruct church leaders. To that end God tells us that men should lead prayers (1 Timothy 2:8). Interestingly, God warns men to be free from anger – an issue males tend to struggle with more than females. Women should not wear too much bling so as to draw attention to themselves. Church is not a place to “be seen”. It is God’s house where we go to honor Him. Its not about us. its about Him.
Throughout the Bible God has clearly laid out roles for men and women both in church and society and has equipped each gender with characteristics and strengths to perform them. This does not make either gender better than the other. It simply makes us different. Different does not mean better (or worse). It simply means different.
But modern society has rejected such an idea. We claim that there is no difference between genders and the the Bible must be stating that women are inferior to men. Says who? Satan, that’s who. There is absolutely no verse in the Bible which states , or even hints at, women being inferior to men. Different, yes. Inferior, no. Sadly, this is one of the lies about the Bible that people blindly believe without ever taking the time verify.
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