Prayer Focus: Madagascar

Bible Reading:  2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36:1-21; Jeremiah 52 

Scripture – There at Riblah the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes; he also killed all the officials of Judah. Then he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death. Jeremiah 52:10-11

Observation –  God told them, God’s prophets told them, and still they refused to obey.  They refused to turn away from their life of sin, they refused to humble themselves before God, they refused to follow the Law that God had given them.  It wasn’t what the Lord wanted, he asked them to turn away from sin, he pleaded with them to turn back to him.  In the end of Jeremiah, God silenced all the skeptics, cut down all the prideful Kings, and brought Judah and Jerusalem to their knees.  Just like he told them he would, if they didn’t repent and turn away from sin.

Application – Once again, we look at the Jewish Nations and wonder why they didn’t get it.  Why they didn’t just do what was right.  These readings had to bring tears to the Lord as he poured out his wrath on His People.  Would we really act any differently than those nations did, would we turn away from sin, would we follow the Lord with all our power, with all our might and with all our soul.  I would like to think that I am, but I’m also aware that only through the grace of the Blood of Jesus do I have any chance .  How about you, are you following God and doing as He says to do: Are you actively loving the Lord your God with all your might,  are you actively loving your neighbor as yourself, are you putting the Lord first above everything.  I’m afraid, but for the blood of Jesus, a bunch of us would be walking our way to Babylon (if we were lucky.)  God’s will (even if we are saved) is to keep his commandments, especially the two most important ones Jesus spoke about in the Apostles.

Prayer – Dear Lord, Thank you for your gift of your son, Jesus, who paid for our sins, and provides a way for us to be called sons and daughters of God.  Lord help us to heed your message and turn to you, help us to humble ourselves and help us to hear your voice.  Help us to love our God with all our power, all our strength and all our soul, and help us to love and serve our neighbors. Amen

Postscript: This wasn’t a fairy tale ending where they all lived happily ever after, thousands of people died, were enslaved, were tortured and were humiliated.  But it isn’t the end of the story,  as we read on in the weeks and months ahead, we’ll see the glory of God and the return of his Kingdom.  That’s not a fairy tale ending either, its even better. And its one I long to see..  “Even so Lord Jesus, come… “