Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, November 22, 2020

Theme: The Vice of Slander

Text: “Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment.” –  Exodus 23:1, 2.

Comment: Many people are tale-bearers, backbiters and busybodies in other men’s matters. They have a habit of poking their noses into people’s private affairs with a view to telling tales. There are some whose tendency is always to exaggerate rumours that are already false. If they receive or hear a report against some other person they do not want to hear the version of the person who is accused before they give their own verdict or set on the devil’s work of spreading such false matters. St. Paul wrote: “For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.” ( 2Thessalonians 3:11)  “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.” – 1Timothy 5:13.

In the course of their shifty lifestyles, these characters spread injurious accusation knowing it to be false,  without hearing from the accused person.   “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.’ – Proverbs 18: 13.

The faithful should always pray God to help them not to be backbiters and tale-bearers knowing that is not only those who directly commit an offence that are guilty before God but those who condone or take pleasure in the offence.—Romans 1: 32.

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