Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading –Monday, January 11, 2021

Theme: BECOMING A WISE AND UNDERSTANDING NATION

Text: “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” – Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Comment: Satan the devil is the invisible wicked force that presides over worldly affairs using politics, religion and commerce. One major problem noticeable among some people is that they mix their Christian beliefs with astrology, witchcraft, idolatry, occultism, membership of secret societies and so on, contrary to the Bible. Movies and literatures that glamourize witchcraft and institutions that make membership of secret societies a condition for appointments and promotions cannot but drag the people backwards. – Isaiah 47:12-15.

 

Concerning Nineveh the capital of Assyria which sold herself to worship of the devil, God declared: “Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.” (Nahum 3:4, 5) Countries which refuse to embrace the truth as preached by Jesus Christ and taught by his anointed servants but prefer to follow falsehood in the name of Christianity; yes, all those who give themselves to the devil will not enjoy the peace and progress that come only from God Almighty. We should pray for the freedom and peace that comes from Christ. – See Jeremiah 16:5; John 16:33; 14:27.

Theme: COMMENTARY ON HEBREWS 11:32 - 40

Text:“For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith Jehovah, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it.” – Jeremiah 32:3.

Comment: Because the king and people of Judah had given themselves to the worship of the devil, God Almighty used Jeremiah the prophet to warn them, telling them that if they would not repent, He would make Jerusalem and the temple they took pride in to suffer the fate of Shiloh, where the name of God was in earlier times before it was destroyed and abandoned. (Joshua 18:1; 19:51; 1Kings 14:2.) For warning the people against sin the leaders determined that Jeremiah must die. (Jeremiah 26:1-10) However, some of the elders, together with Ahikam, an officer of the king, intervened to prevent them from their wicked plot.

 

Again, when the Chaldeans besieged Jerusalem, Jeremiah was instructed by God to tell them to submit to their rule to avoid death and destruction. This was  seen as treason for which the leaders of the people convinced King Zedekiah to cast Jeremiah into.a well. But God also delivered him. When we stand up for the truth, even in the face of danger, God will give us victory in the end. St. Paul in his writings recalled God delivered them “from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:10).. He added that God Almighty shall deliver him “from every evil work, and will preserve him unto his heavenly kingdom. –  2 Timothy 4:18

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