Daily Bible Reading

June 24, 2024

Jeremiah 33:1–13(GNT)

June 24

Introduction

Jeremiah 33:1–13: While Jerusalem is under siege by the Babylonian army and Jeremiah is imprisoned in King Zedekiah’s palace in Jerusalem, the LORD delivers a message of hope, promising to rebuild Judah and Israel and make them prosperous again.

Today’s Key Verse: Jeremiah 33:7

[The LORD said] “I will make Judah and Israel prosperous, and I will rebuild them as they were before.”

Reading

33 While I was still in prison in the courtyard, the Lord’s message came to me again. The Lord, who made the earth, who formed it and set it in place, spoke to me. He whose name is the Lord said, “Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about. I, the Lord, the God of Israel, say that the houses of Jerusalem and the royal palace of Judah will be torn down as a result of the siege and the attack. Some will fight against the Babylonians, who will fill the houses with the corpses of those whom I am going to strike down in my anger and fury. I have turned away from this city because of the evil things that its people have done. But I will heal this city and its people and restore them to health. I will show them abundant peace and security. I will make Judah and Israel prosperous, and I will rebuild them as they were before. I will purify them from the sins that they have committed against me, and I will forgive their sins and their rebellion. Jerusalem will be a source of joy, honor, and pride to me; and every nation in the world will fear and tremble when they hear about the good things that I do for the people of Jerusalem and about the prosperity that I bring to the city.”

10 The Lord said, “People are saying that this place is like a desert, that it has no people or animals living in it. And they are right; the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem are empty; no people or animals live there. But in these places you will hear again 11 the shouts of gladness and joy and the happy sounds of wedding feasts. You will hear people sing as they bring thank offerings to my Temple; they will say,

‘Give thanks to the Lord Almighty,
    because he is good
    and his love is eternal.’

I will make this land as prosperous as it was before. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

12 The Lord Almighty said, “In this land that is like a desert and where no people or animals live, there will once again be pastures where shepherds can take their sheep. 13 In the towns in the hill country, in the foothills, and in southern Judah, in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, and in the towns of Judah, shepherds will once again count their sheep. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

Reflect

When Jeremiah receives the LORD’s message (c. 588 B.C.), the destruction of Jerusalem is not far off. What aroused God’s anger against the city (verse 5)? What does God promise afterwards (verses 6–13)?

Pray

Almighty God, I give you thanks because you are good and your love is eternal. You are the one true God of restoration and healing, and I place my hope and trust in you. Amen.

And now, join us in praising God that the Bible in the Miskito language is transforming lives in Nicaragua. Lord God, thanks to the generosity of Bible-A-Month Partners, people in rural villages in Nicaragua are hosting listening groups to hear your Word on audio Bibles in their Miskito language. The JESUS Film is also now available in Miskito, and for the people in these rural villages, hearing your Word in their heart language is bringing peace to their hearts and an understanding of the great love Jesus has for them. Those who have received their first Miskito-language Bible say that they want to be followers of Jesus. Thank you, Lord God, that your love is being made known in Nicaragua. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Jeremiah 33:14–26: The LORD will choose a righteous king.

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