Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 51-52
Today’s Reflection: Jeremiah 52:2-3a
2) And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. 3a) For because of the anger of the LORD things came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence.
Those familiar words heard so often in the books of the kings: and he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. Over and over and over, king after king after king fell away from the commission God had given him, turned away from the God who had placed him on the throne, and broke the laws God had given him and instructed him to lead the people of the nation in keeping.
And as always God was merciful and patient desiring that His people would return to Him, but ultimately God would cast willful sinners from His presence. Without the Lord’s protection slavery, oppression, destruction and death would come upon Israel and Judah.
As Jeremiah recounts the fall of Judah at the end of the book bearing his name, a simple but sobering lesson becomes clear: continually living in a way which God sees as evil leads to life without Him—without His provision, His protection or His power. Habitual sin leads to destruction, to despair and ultimately to death.
This is why God sent Jesus. His life showed us how to overcome sin, His death paid the penalty for our sins and His resurrection gave us hope for a world free from the oppression of sin.
So it falls to you to make a choice. You can’t continue to enjoy sins which God Himself sees as evil, and partake in His kingdom later. Choose today who you will serve.
Joshua 24:14-15 – 14) “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15) And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”