July 24: Tisha b’Av

-God keeps His word


Before he was born, Jeremiah was called by God to be a prophet.  Faithfully the prophet brought God’s warning to several of Judah’s kings, pleading with them to repent and turn away from worshiping idols.  Like the others Zedekiah refused to listen.


Jeremiah 1:9-2:3

Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:

“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,

To root out and to pull down,

To destroy and to throw down,

To build and to plant.”

 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”

And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”

Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”

And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”

And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”

Then the Lord said to me:

Out of the north calamity shall break forth

On all the inhabitants of the land.

For behold, I am calling

All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord;

“They shall come and each one set his throne

At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,

Against all its walls all around,

And against all the cities of Judah.

I will utter My judgments

Against them concerning all their wickedness,

Because they have forsaken Me,

Burned incense to other gods,

And worshiped the works of their own hands.

 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise,

And speak to them all that I command you.

Do not be dismayed before their faces,

Lest I dismay you before them.

For behold, I have made you this day

A fortified city and an iron pillar,

And bronze walls against the whole land—

Against the kings of Judah,

Against its princes,

Against its priests,

And against the people of the land.

They will fight against you,

But they shall not prevail against you.

For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord:

“I remember you,

The kindness of your youth,

The love of your betrothal,

When you went after Me in the wilderness,

In a land not sown.

Israel was holiness to the Lord,

The firstfruits of His increase.

All that devour him will offend;

Disaster will come upon them,” says the Lord.’”



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