Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 6, 2017

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 40.

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord after Nebuzaradan captain of the bodyguard had released him from Ramah, when he had taken him bound in chains among all the exiles of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon.  Now the captain of the bodyguard had taken Jeremiah and said to him, “The Lord your God promised this calamity against this place;  and the Lord has brought it on and done just as He promised. Because you people sinned against the Lord and did not listen to His voice, therefore this thing has happened to you.  But now, behold, I am freeing you today from the chains which are on your hands.  If you would prefer to come with me to Babylon, come along, and I will look after you;  but if you would prefer not to come with me to Babylon, never mind.  Look, the whole land is before you;  go wherever it seems good and right for you to go.”  As Jeremiah was still not going back, he said, “Go on back then to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed over the cities of Judah, and stay with him among the people;  or else go anywhere it seems right for you to go.”  So the captain of the bodyguard gave him a ration and a gift and let him go.  Then Jeremiah went to Mizpah to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam and stayed with him among the people who were left in the land.

Now all the commanders of the forces that were in the field, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam over the land and that he had put him in charge of the men, women and children, those of the poorest of the land who had not been exiled to Babylon.  So they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah, along with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah the son of the Maacathite, both they and their men.  Then Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, swore to them and to their men, saying, “Do not be afraid of serving the Chaldeans;  stay in the land and serve the king of Babylon, that it may go well with you.  Now as for me, behold, I am going to stay at Mizpah to stand for you before the Chaldeans who come to us;  but as for you, gather in wine and summer fruit and oil and put them in your storage vessels, and live in your cities that you have taken over.”  Likewise, also all the Jews who were in Moab and among the sons of Ammon and in Edom and who were in all the other countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant for Judah, and that he had appointed over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan.  Then all the Jews returned from all the places to which they had been driven away and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah at Mizpah, and gathered in wine and summer fruit in great abundance.

Now Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces that were in the field came to Gedaliah at Mizpah and said to him, “Are you well aware that Baalis the king of the sons of Ammon has sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to take your life?”  But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam did not believe them.  Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke secretly to Gedaliah in Mizpah, saying, “Let me go and kill Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and not a man will know!  Why should he take your life, so that all the Jews who are gathered to you would be scattered and the remnant of Judah would perish?”  But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said to Johanan the son of Kareah, “Do not do this thing, for you are telling a lie about Ishmael.”  Jeremiah chapter 40.

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In our world, it may seem like things are out of control like it seemed to the remnant of Judah in today’s Scripture.  

In the world of the remnant of Judah, they lost their rulers, their military, their businesses, and all of the people in the upper and middle classes.  They lost the temple, the palaces, and all of the structure of the city of Jerusalem.  And, they were about to lose Gedaliah whom the king of Babylon appointed over them to protect them. 

In our world (at least in Florida where I live), we have a category 5 Hurricane Irma headed right for us.  We have the threats of North Korea.  And, we have divisions in our society.

But, things are not out of control.  The LORD was still in control then and is still in control now.  The LORD reigns, and His sovereignty rules over all.

“The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
The Lord has clothed and girded Himself with strength;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.”  Psalm 93:1-2.

“Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved;
He will judge the peoples with equity.”  Psalm 96:10.

“The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
Let the many islands be glad.”  Psalm 97:1.

“19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!”  Psalm 103:19-22.

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