Imagine what is would be like for enemies to completely surround your house, banging on every door and window, trying to get in to hurt you and your family. Think what it would be like for a whole city to be surrounded by enemies!
This was going on for two and a half years, as enemies tried to break through the wall surrounding Jerusalem. Finally on July 18, in the year 586 before Christ, the city was captured by mean and evil people from Babylonia, a neighboring country. Jeremiah, sometimes called “The Weeping Prophet,” had been telling God’s people that it was because they were not following God’s ways that they became weak before their enemies.
Many sad things happen in these three chapters. Hope begins with the verse for today for a small number of God’s people saved from being killed and allowed to return to Jerusalem. But this little group gives way to revenge; Ishmael plots to kill the new Governor who really wants to leave God’s people alone.
Not until Jesus will we ever learn what it is to love our enemies and to wish good upon those out to hurt us. As you read these stories, may your heart tilt toward Jesus and his love…just as we read in Jesus’ sad expression over Jerusalem in yesterday’s reading.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Being safe when trusting You v. 18
This is the Second Week in Lent, Year C
Mondays in Lent are dedicated to the prophet Jeremiah.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…