Today you should read: Jeremiah 39
After the city is taken over, God tells Jeremiah to speak to Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian from chapter 38 who helped Jeremiah when he was thrown into the cistern. These words are what I want to focus on from the chapter because I think that they reign true for the persecuted Christian as well.
When we put our faith in God and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are given the gift of eternal life. In the west men’s summer study, we have been talking about the end times and what the Bible says about what that will look like for both Christians and non-Christians. Some things that are debated are if Christians will be taken up before, after, or during the Great Tribulation, but one thing that is not debated is that Jesus is coming back and the world will be judged. The words to the Ebed-Melech hold similar promises. God promises him that because he put his trust in God that he would be saved from death. Christians have that same promise. The promise that those who trust in God will be saved from eternal death and separation from Him.
God has shown over and over again how he keeps his word and our lives show reflect God’s promises. We should be focusing on the eternal life that we have been given and not on temporary pleasures of this world. I love how God tells Jeremiah to tell Ebed-Melech this after all the chaos that just took place. It is a great reminder to us during the chaos of today as well.
By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice – Students & Worship
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