FRIDAY 30TH JUNE, 2017 READ – DAY: Matt 13:1-35; Night: Psalm 79-82
THEME: WORD FOR THE KING
TEXT: JEREMIAH 22:1-5
HYMN: EMHB 634 – Will your anchor hold?
Right from the inception of the world, God has always used prophets and kings as mediums of directing and communicating to His people. They are the representatives of God to the people. God normally does not do anything on earth without notifying them.
Our text today showcases the instruction of God to the kings of Judah. At the time of this text, the land of Judah was polluted with shedding of innocent blood, maltreatment of foreigners, sexual immorality, injustice, corruption, oppression of widows, orphans and the fatherless. The kings who were supposed to caution the people were the chief doers of what He hated. (Jeremiah 22:3)
God was very furious against these immoral behaviours and had to send Jeremiah to warn them. The Lord is warning us today to desist from evil practices to avoid God’s wrath. Our leaders, both in the church and the secular world, do not often remember that the position they occupy now is by grace (Roman 13:1-5). The voice of salvation is coming to you now to repent or you face God’s wrath. Note that whatever we do, the day of accountability is coming for it. God is no respecter of persons. The account you refuse to render properly to your fellow human beings will be rendered to God.
Irrespective of whom you are, books shall be opened and a roll call shall be made. Will your name be called? (Revelation 20:12). Zacchaeus accepted to pay back whatever he unjustly acquired from people, and salvation was granted him (Luke 19:6-9). Accept Christ now and change from your wicked ways so that salvation will be yours in Jesus’ name.
MEMORY VERSE: Thus says the Lord “execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place” Jer. 22: 3 (NKJV)
PRAYER: Help me, heavenly Father, to heed Your warning for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.