If you’ve ever gotten a stomachache from eating too much ice cream, you know how true today’s Proverb is. God gave us so many good things, but we tend to take those good things, over indulge, and make them harmful. Let’s receive our blessings humbly and without trying to make them more than they are intended to be.
- 1-15 – Jeremiah prophesied against the city and those heard it were not pleased. They threatened to kill him, but he made it very clear that if they did, God would certainly enact the prophecy against them.
- 8-15 – Though it may sound odd, since God normally did not want the Israelites to serve other kings, he encourages them to serve Nebuchadnezzar. Presumably, this is after Nebuchadnezzar’s change of heart towards God.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18:
- 6-12 – Paul warns against laziness and continues to ask Christ followers to follow his example.
- 15 – This is a powerful verse on how to treat believers who are not acting as such. We are still called to care for them.
- 8-13 – This psalm beautifully expresses all the good attributes that come from God and how abundant they are and available for our good.
- Good, practical advice. Too much of a good thing, is bad.
Today, in both Jeremiah and 2 Thessalonians, we see the need to differentiate between God’s messages and false prophecies. These days, this is still a struggle. False prophecies, messages that will lead us astray, are sneaky and sound helpful, but ultimately they lead us away from God instead of towards him. It is important for us to rely on the Holy Spirit to hear God’s true messages.
- 23-24 – God explains that he is near and sees the actions of people. He is not far away or oblivious to peoples’ actions.
- 28-32 – God makes a clear delineation between the prophets he has given a message to and those who he has not. He does not support the messages of those he has not.
- 33-40 – Asking for a “burden” of the Lord is asking for a prophecy, but this is a play on words so that God flips it around and makes the person the burden.
- 1-10 – The good figs are those who were faithful throughout exile and the bad figs were those who did not repent in exile.
- 1-14 – Jeremiah’s prophecy maps out the details of Judah’s exile and why they’re happening.
- 27 – The prophecy encourages the people to drink of destruction. They’re intended to endure the destruction of their own doing until they can take no more and then God will end it.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17:
- 1-12 – This warns the Thessalonians not to be deceived by those trying to lead them off course, but to be prepared for the return of Christ.
- 1-4 – This section encompasses the joy and comfort found in the presence of God. All are cared for there, even the seemingly insignificant sparrow.
- 10-12 – There is nothing greater in life than spending time in God’s presence.
- Instead of trying to win battles with power, often we need to use kindness.
The Thessalonians’ issues have only gotten worse since Paul’s first letter to them. Take a second to find out how Paul encourages the believers to continue in faithfulness despite persecution.
As many of you have thanked me for these notes or mentioned something you noticed about them, I am continually thankful for your faithfulness. This, of course, makes me feel very biblical because, Paul, in many of his letters, including today’s 2 Thessalonians reading, thanks God for various believers’ faithfulness. Know that your faithfulness in reading studying Scripture is blessing me immensely! Thank you!!
- 1-10 – God, once again, gives the house of David (the king of Judah) the opportunity to repent.
- 30 – This verse is problematic because it seems to have God break his promise that the line of David would always be in power. But wait…
- 1-2 – Judah’s rulers were supposed to care for the people but they led them into destruction instead.
- 5-6 – Who does this sound like God is describing? JESUS!! This is a messianic prophecy, which fulfills God’s covenant that David’s line would always reigns and solves the problem of corrupt leadership for Judah.
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12:
- 1-4 – Paul and his companions continue to be thankful for the faithfulness of the Thessalonians.
- 5-10 – The Thessalonians faced great persecution because of their faith. Paul encourages them that their suffering would be justified and rectified by Jesus.
- 1-8 – Asaph calls upon God to aid God’s people against their enemies.
- 9-18 – Asaph knew he could ask this because he had seen God squash enemies for the sake of his people before.
- These verses give clear, simple ways to bless and harm others.