Notes by Mary Van Nattan unless marked otherwise.
Jeremiah 45:3-5 Baruch the son of Neriah was Jeremiah's scribe. He lived in days when great judgment was being poured out on Judah and he was sorry for himself because of the trouble in his land. He said....Woe is me now! for the LORD hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest. Jeremiah 45:3 This sounds pretty familiar these days, doesn't it? And yet at the same time so many around us are boasting of the great things that God is supposedly doing with them; how wonderful their ministry is; how many people they had in church, on the buses, in Sunday School, or baptized this week. But, look at what the LORD told Baruch. Jeremiah 45:4 Thus shalt thou say unto him, The LORD saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land. 5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.
These are the last days and there is judgment from God all around us. Many of the people that are being judged and given over to a reprobate mind by God (Romans 1:28), do not even realize it. These times are perilous both physically and spiritually. We should not be seeking great things for ourselves. Rather, we should ask God to give us our lives and those of our families, both physically and spiritually, as a prey in all places wither we go.
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