Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 22, 2017

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 49:23-39.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+49&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

34 That which came as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying:

35 “Thus says the Lord of hosts,
‘Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam,
The finest of their might.
36 ‘I will bring upon Elam the four winds
From the four ends of heaven,
And will scatter them to all these winds;
And there will be no nation
To which the outcasts of Elam will not go.
37 ‘So I will shatter Elam before their enemies
And before those who seek their lives;
And I will bring calamity upon them,
Even My fierce anger,’ declares the Lord,
‘And I will send out the sword after them
Until I have consumed them.
38 ‘Then I will set My throne in Elam
And destroy out of it king and princes,’
Declares the Lord.
39 ‘But it will come about in the last days
That I will restore the fortunes of Elam,’”
Declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 49:34-39. 

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In today’s Scripture, we see the prophecy against Damascus, the prophecy against Kedar and Hazor, and finally in the Scripture quoted above, the prophecy against Elam, all of which describe the desolations that the LORD would cause upon those nations.

The LORD would destroy the strongest of the military might of those nations.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts,
‘Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam,
The finest of their might.”  Verse 35.

This Scripture was written for our sake, so that we would properly fear the LORD and trust in Him.

Other doctrine exalts man and humbles their god.

But, Reformed Doctrine humbles man and exalts the God of Scripture. 

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
10 Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.  Selah.”  Psalm 46:8-11.

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