Friday, March 19, 2010

Jeremiah 40: Someone believes Jeremiah!

Finally! Someone takes Jeremiah seriously.

In Jeremiah 40, Nebuzaradan, the commander of the Babylonian army, finds Jeremiah, takes off his chains, releases him from prison, and tells him that if he wants to go to Babylon, he will protect him. Or Jeremiah is free to go anywhere he wants. He is free. When Jeremiah says, "I think I'll just go wherever God leads," the commander gives him a present and provisions. No strings attached.

Oh, and Nebuzaradan reminds Jeremiah what God has been saying. He basically repeats back everything Jeremiah has said about the destruction of Jerusalem.

Finally, someone recognizes Jeremiah is speaking for God. Someone encourages him. Someone rescues him.

It's just not someone that Jeremiah would have expected to take him seriously.

Sometimes God surprises us.
He meets our needs in ways we could never in a million years anticipate.

We serve a surprising God, whose thoughts are not our thoughts, whose ways are not our ways, whose paths are beyond tracing out.

He can do the impossible.
And he loves us.

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