SHEEP AND THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Today's Reading: Jeremiah 50
Key Verses: Jeremiah 50:6
My people have been lost sheep.
Their shepherds have led them astray;
They have turned them away on the mountains.
They have gone from mountain to hill;
They have forgotten their resting place.
Today's and tomorrow's chapters, Isaiah 50 and 51, are the longest pronouncements of judgment against a people. The Chaldeans, with their capital city of Babylon (located about 80 km south of modern Bagdad, Iraq), were defeated by the Persians (which today is Iran), and much of the city was destroyed.
Three times in today's reading the Babylonians are referred to as "proud." The images of their god Marduk were "broken in pieces" as verse two says. "Pride" can be traced to its source; Lucifer, the Archangel, was lifted up in "pride," sought to be worshipped, and, as a result, was exiled from Heaven and banished to the earth. Ever since then, he has sought to receive the worship that he was denied in Heaven by inspiring idolatry in various forms. When Jesus came to us through the gateway of the Virgin's womb, He modelled the opposite of pride.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, Your Word tells me, "God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5). I pray for Your grace, that I may humble myself before You. I pray this in the Name of Jesus, my Example of humility. Amen!
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