Lent 2022 – God of Restoration

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Listen to Jeremiah 49

Here we find more judgments on the surrounding nations:

AMMONITES:

Jeremiah 49:Look, I am about to bring terror on you—
this is the declaration of the Lord God of Armies—
from all those around you.
You will be banished, each person headlong,
with no one to gather up the fugitives.
But after that, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Why this judgment:

Jeremiah 49:1 Does Israel have no sons?
Is he without an heir?Why then has Milcom dispossessed Gad
and his people settled in their cities?

The Tribe of Israel called Gad was thrown out of their land and the people who worshipped Milcom took over the land. Milcom is Molech the god that these people would sacrifice their children too.

EDOM:

Jeremiah 49: 17“Edom will become a desolation. Everyone who passes by her will be appalled and scoff because of all her wounds. 18 As when Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown along with their neighbors,” says the Lord, “no one will live there; no human being will stay in it even temporarily.

Why this judgment:

Jeremiah 49: 16… your arrogant heart has deceived you.

The sin of Pride was rampant in Edom.

DAMASCUS:

Jeremiah 49:26Therefore, her young men will fall in her public squares;
all the warriors will perish in that day.
This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
27 I will set fire to the wall of Damascus;
it will consume Ben-hadad’s citadels.

Why this judgment:

Jeremiah 49:23 About Damascus:

Hamath and Arpad are put to shame,
for they have heard a bad report and are agitated,
like the anxious sea that cannot be calmed.
24 Damascus has become weak;
she has turned to run;
panic has gripped her.

They were full of restlessness and panic. They did not trust in the Lord.

KEDAR & HAZOR:

Jeremiah 49:32…will bring calamity on them across all their borders.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
33 Hazor will become a jackals’ den,
a desolation forever.
No one will live there;
no human being will stay in it even temporarily.

Why this judgment:

Jeremiah 49: 31 Rise up, attack a nation at ease,
one living in security.

These people were like Nomadic Roaming Raiders who terrorized and pumped fear.

ELAM:

Jeremiah 39:35… I am about to shatter Elam’s bow,
the source of their might.
36 I will bring the four winds against Elam
from the four corners of the heavens,
and I will scatter them to all these winds.

Why this judgment:

As far as I could find they put there trust in Babylon and became their Allies.

One cool thing I found about ELAM:

Jeremiah 49:39 Yet, in the last days,
I will restore the fortunes of Elam.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Act2: Now there were Jews staying in Jerusalem, devout people from every nation under heaven. When this sound occurred, a crowd came together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded and amazed, saying,[b] “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? How is it that each of us can hear them in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts), 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the magnificent acts of God in our own tongues.” 12 They were all astounded and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But some sneered and said, “They’re drunk on new wine.”

ELAM would be among those who would be present at the day of Pentacost when all these would hear the magnificent acts of God in their own tongues.

God is a God of restoration, who gives us true riches, and real hope!

What is that true riches and what are we to take hold of that is truly life? CHRIST HIMSELF!

Thanks for Listening,

Starla

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