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Suggested Reading: Jeremiah 52
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Key Verses: Jeremiah 52:33
So Jehoiachin changed from his prison garments, and he ate bread regularly before the king all the days of his life.
Jehoiachin was made King of Judah when he was just 18 (read 2 Kings 24:6-15). Eight years later he was taken captive to Babylon in the first defeat of Judah. Zedekiah was ordered to serve as a vassal king under Nebuchadnezzar. Zedekiah’s rebellion caused the Babylonians to destroy the Temple, the walls, and the homes of Jerusalem, murdering Zedekiah’s sons in front of him and then blinding him and taking him in chains to Babylon where he was executed.
Meanwhile Judah’s former King Jehoiachin languished in prison in Babylon for 37 years. When Nebuchadnezzar’s son ascended to the throne, he released Jehoiachin, brought him into the Palace, and cared for him for the rest of his life. I expect there will be more about Babylon in Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel, but beginning tomorrow, God willing, we’ll move over to First Peter for our meditations. What Jehoiachin experienced is something like Jesus does for us. He brings us out of the prison house of sin, forgives us, and makes us clean before God. He put a robe of righteousness on us, and we are seated in heavenly places with Him. Hallelujah!!! (read Isaiah 61:10 & Ephesians 2:4-9).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I am the recipient of much greater mercy from You than Jehoiachin received. His freedom and provision was temporal, but what You’ve done for me is eternal! I pray for more and more opportunities to come my way to tell everyone that there is freedom, peace, blessing and honour in the Salvation which is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, in whose Name I pray. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I mentioned in a previous blog that, according to the doctor’s prediction two years ago, my journey into the “great beyond” was scheduled to take place less than one month from now. I’m back in Canada for a check-up by the cancer specialist. Back at the first of January, he said that my condition was “jaw-dropping remarkable.” This time he again expressed amazement at how well I am doing. I ran up two flights of stairs at the Crossroads Centre here in Burlington today. I would’ve been out of breath doing that 10-20 years ago. Thanks for your prayers!!! God’s timing is O.K. with me whenever it’s time to step out of this life into the next one. If it’s next month, It would appear I’ll be in good health for the trip home to Heaven!
If you think I’m crazy, you won’t be the first one to draw that conclusion. Here’s what’s really crazy. Yesterday morning while I was on my knees in prayer, I believe I heard that still small, yet powerful, voice of the Lord say, “David, when you finish the two-year trip through the Bible this June 2nd, I want you to begin a daily children’s Bible story blog. Write a brief story every day, which a parent or sibling can read aloud to the little ones.” I immediately said “Yes Lord!” I’ll make a commitment to do this for 100 days to start with, and then we’ll see where we go from there. I’m also thinking that on Sundays I could possibly do a video where I tell the children’s Bible story. My children have reminded me over the past months that I’ve said to them, “We who serve the Lord are indestructible until God is finished with us!” Any time Lord!
Yours for trusting God with His perfect timing in all things,
P.S. With this picture below some readers will conclude that I really AM crazy! This motorcycle is now mine. It was a bank repossession with a dented front fender that I bought very cheaply. I consider this a statement of victory over the prediction of my demise next month. It’s a way of thumbing my nose at “the last enemy.” I sold my last bike in 2006, after we had completed the “Steel Horse Ride,” a trip across Canada where we raised funds to equip our Circle Square Ranches for children with physical limitations. I bought my very first motorcycle with money I had earned when I was just 14. In the photo I have on my “Duck Dynasty” T-shirt that says, “Happy, Happy, Happy!”