Jeremiah 12:14-17 – Hope for All

Read Jeremiah 12:14-17

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Is he talking about us? Verse 14 says he’s talking about the evil nations seeking to harm Israel. They are not God’s chosen ones. God’s fury is settling in on Israel and Judah, but what about the rest of the world?

We know from the other messages Jeremiah has been sharing that God will use other nations to bring destruction. But in this reading, the prophecy switches to give hope to other nations as well. The instruction is there for how they can find favor with God, too.

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2 Kings 14:23-29 – God’s Grace

Read 2 Kings 14:23-29

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In our last reading, we saw how bad things could still happen to a good king. Here we see how good things can happen when a bad king is in charge. Note, however, that the king had nothing to do with Israel’s fate. That was all God.

“For the Lord saw the bitter suffering of everyone in Israel, and that there was no one in Israel, slave or free, to help them.” Jeroboam II was in the right place at the right time to be used by God. It’s like God looked past his evil ways and used him anyway.

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