Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Portion of Jacob

August 24: Jeremiah 51-52

5 For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken
by their God, the Lord of hosts,
but the land of the Chaldeans is full of guilt
against the Holy One of Israel.

15 “It is he who made the earth by his power,
who established the world by his wisdom,
and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
16 When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
17 Every man is stupid and without knowledge;
every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols,
for his images are false,
and there is no breath in them.
18 They are worthless, a work of delusion;
at the time of their punishment they shall perish.
19 Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob,
for he is the one who formed all things,
and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance;
the Lord of hosts is his name.
Jeremiah 51:5, 15-19

The Portion of Jacob

As we come to the last two chapters of Jeremiah, God again proclaims His love and protection of the Israelites. So who is the Portion of Jacob?

15 “It is he who made the earth by his power,
who established the world by his wisdom,
and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
16 When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses
.


I love these passages which cause us to stare right into the eyes of God! We must never forget who God is!

*He made the earth by His power.
*He established the world by His wisdom.
*He stretched out the heavens by His understanding.
*His voice brings a tumult of waters in the heavens.
*He makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
*He makes lightning for the rain.
*He brings wind from His storehouses.

But then, who is man?

Every man is stupid and without knowledge.

Again, who is the Portion of Jacob?

Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob,
for he is the one who formed all things,
and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance;
the Lord of hosts is his name
.

Jeremiah 51:19

Do you desire knowledge, wisdom, and understanding? Where do you go? Will colleges and universities truly give you knowledge, wisdom, and understanding? Only in Christ can we have true knowledge; we can learn much from academia, but without the knowledge of Christ, it is all meaningless.

Are you a spiritual descendant of Jacob? Is God your Portion? These are questions that must be asked, because at the end of time only Jacob's children will be ushered into the kingdom of heaven to live forever with the Lord. No matter what the situation look like now, that victory has already been won!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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