- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 27
The yoke of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah’s enactment of carrying a yoke on his neck was the prophetic message of God to the kings and rulers of Judah to submit to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. But Zedekiah king of Judah tried to ally with Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon to fight against Babylonian king.
Jeremiah’s sermon in this chapter was dated early in the rule of king Zedekiah, when Judah was endangered by Babylon’s invasion. Babylonian army has already taken some temple treasurers from the temple and the royal palace. Jeremiah warned that the remaining treasurers would be carried off to Babylon. His message to the king was that Judah’s survival depended on submission to Babylonian rule. Resistance would lead to further bloodshed.
Jeremiah delivered God’s message to each king who came to Jerusalem, and to king Zedekiah and priest. The yoke of Babylon was imposed by God upon Judah and her neighboring nations. Their plans for rebellion were against God’s will. And he warned against false prophets.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?