- 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 45
Prophecy to Baruch, Jeremiah’s writing secretary.
There is distance in time between the time of King Jehoiakim reined (605 BC), and the time of Jeremiah’s exile to Egypt (586 BC) and this text was given to Baruch to record.
When God told Jeremiah and Baruch to write about disaster that God would bring upon his people as judgement, their heart was painful. But they were faithful to God for what they were told to do, even though the reward was not some great, nor magnificent blessing. Their reward was simply survival in a terrifying time. The reward for such faithfulness was deemed good by God. It was sometimes no better than survival, but in times of disaster or trouble, the promise of survival was a large one. “I will give you your life as a prize of war in every place,” (v.5 NRSV) It would be the best possibility available in the midst of disaster of God’s judgement.
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?