Jeremiah Chapter 24

family devotional – week two: faith for the present

 

Day Five

How to Walk by Faith

George Mueller hadn’t faced a situation quite like it. Before him were 120 orphans, expectantly seated at long dinner tables. But something at this mealtime tested the mettle of Mueller’s heart. On the dinner plates at that table was…nothing but water. Eager faces looked toward him, as if to say, “What’s for dinner?” But he didn’t know; the cupboard was bare and the icebox was empty. There was no milk, and no money to buy food or drink.

What was George to do? It didn’t take long for him to decide. He would do what he had done every other mealtime. He would instruct the children to bow their heads and join him in thanking God for the meal they were about to eat. He would praise God for the faithfulness of His provision with a heart filled with faith.

When the “amen” was pronounced, the plates were still empty. But as the eyes of those 120 youngsters turned again to the head table, a knock sounded at the door. One of the boys was sent to answer. A moment later, he called out, “Mr. Mueller, it’s the vegetable man! He’s got a lot of stuff for us!” “Coincidentally,” there were many vegetables that would spoil if he didn’t do something with them. While the vegetables were being unloaded, another person came to the door — the butcher! He had run out of ice at the end of a hot day and faced the prospect of awful, rotting meat. Could the orphanage use it?  No sooner had he spoken the words than another amazing “coincidence” occurred. The milkman’s wagon pulled up, overloaded with milk and dairy products and needing desperately to do something with them!

Needless to say, it was quite a banquet that night. And it was the finest lesson in faith those orphans ever received. Would the same thing have happened had Mueller not prayed, believing God for His provision?  We do know that Jesus said we have not because we ask not, and we know that His will for us is to walk by faith, not by sight.

God is calling each member of the church family to answer a vital question: Do you have the faith to trust God for His provision? As we move toward the future — personally and corporately — this must be our attitude.

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Read Proverbs Chapter 27

Jeremiah 24

1 The Lord shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of theLord, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.

One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the Lord, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:

And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.

10 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.

33 thoughts on “Jeremiah Chapter 24

  1. 7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

    “A Heart to Know Me”
    This reminds me of the church in Ephesus the Bible says they “lost their first love.” To be honest there are somethings i have lost in this life there are also some things i wish i could loose but knowing God and being in love with him is not one.

    My pray is that He would give me a heart to know him eveyday.

  2. 6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

    7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

    God is going to prosper us spiritually and physically,. Those that love him and seek his face will be blessed. Not only is he our God but he wants us to be his people which says something because he doesn’t need us. Thank you Jesus for your grace and your favour. I love you Lord.

  3. 4 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

    5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

    6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

    7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

    A HEART TO KNOW ME

    What a change of heart, not just a heart but a heart to know God. The Lord did what as good for the children of God, even going into captivity according to verse 5.
    God set his eyes on them for good and all along he said I will bring them back to this land and plant them. There is nothing greater than God planting us.
    God gave them a heart to know him and then they return with their whole heart. In other words they could not live for God half hearted. You can not do anything for God half way or part of the way. You give God all you got or he want bless you. Doing things half way only makes God angry, and we do not want him angry but happy.
    What makes God happy is told in the bible. He is angry everyday with the wicked and there is joy in presence of the angels of God when one sinner repents. This makes God happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Someone repenting.

  4. 5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

    God always saves a remnant. But isn’t it amazing the lengths God goes through to get our attention sometimes?? He had to move people into captivity, from their home, out of their comfort place, to get them to turn their hearts back to Him. I pray I never get to the place where God has to take me through extreme circumstances to get my attention but in the event He does I pray that I would quick to examine myself and not just throw blame on the devil and have a pity party. Repenting and turning their hearts to God has been the remedy of each situation for them as it is for us today. Let us be quick to repent and slow to any drifting away.

  5. The knowledge of good and evil.

    2 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad. 3 Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

  6. Changes for the Good!!!

    5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

    What changes have God brought into our lives for our good??? Be careful not to complaint, not to give a evil report, specially if you want everything to work for your good. Moving to Texas and living behind a life of 20 something years was hard, once we arrive here things got harder; although the weather was great other difficulties were encountered. I don’t know if Pastor remember a day I walked into his office in tear ready to pack everything up and return to Iowa. He looked at me straight in the eyes and told me that quitters never win, that God gave me a word when I got here, and to hold on to His promise. I have, it has been 5 yrs, in those 5 yrs I have seen my daughter grow spiritually, my husband got baptist in Jesus Name, and I know he will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. We don’t have much, but we are truly happy, our family is closer than it has ever been. I praise my God for my Pastor, which in a moment was able to tell me that God will work it for our good. In the same way, today I tell you all that are going through changes, plucked out, moved out, and going through hardships; OUR GOD WILL WORK IT OUT FOR YOUR GOOD BE PATIENT, BELIEVE, PRAISE HIM NO MATTER WHERE YOU AT, AND HOLD TO HIS PROMISES.

  7. 3 Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

    So are you a good fig or bad fig? Are you for us, or against us? When we have unity we are good and God can use us to do his will. But when there is discord, the whole body hurts. Be united.

  8. One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe; but the other basket had very bad figs, so bad that they could not be eaten. (Jeremiah 24:2 AMP)

    This verse was the condition of the peoples hearts. Those good figs represented the ones he would care for and blessed. The bad figs were the ones  who stayed in sin or the world. It’s time to arise and be on fire for The Lord. Work for the kingdom while it is still day.

    I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth! (Revelation 3:15, 16 AMP)

    “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. (Matthew 24:40, 41 NLT)

  9. 2 BASKETS OF FIGS IN EVERY CHURCH

    1 The Lord shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of theLord, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.
    2 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
    3 Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

    Chapter 24 reminds me of 2 distinct opportuntiies of LIFE and the choices that we are privileged to make. GOD has entrusted the furtherance and GROWTH of HIS Kingdom to the stewardship of his most prized creation, “humanity”

    First I am reminded of the thought provoking statement by Pastor Tom Foster in practically every Leadership Meeting, he asks Leaders; “Are you part of the PROBLEM or part of the SOLUTION”. There are these 2 baskets of figs in every church. The “PROBLEM” figs, rotting, spoiling, needy, contagious, lazy, faithless, helpless, sour, and full of potential, but no production.

    Second, I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul to his “son” in the Gospel, Timothy.
    2Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

    In every GREAT House, I believe The Pentecostals of Fort Worth to be a GREAT HOUSE in the eyes of the LORD and every one of us fit one of these 2 options; either vessels of HONOUR or DISHONOUR. It is our life choices and decisions that make the difference.

    HONOUR – 5092. time, tee-may´; a value, i.e. money paid, valuables; by analogy, esteem (especially of the highest degree), or the dignity itself: — honour, precious, price, some.

    DISHONOUR – 819. atimia, at-ee-mee´-ah; infamy, i.e. (subjectively) comparative indignity, (objectively) disgrace: — dishonour, reproach, shame, vile.

    I believe when we reject the opportunities that GOD has placed before us, because of selfish desire, poor time/money management we bring DISHOUNOUR to the GOD that GAVE his ALL and PURCHASED us with his own BLOOD.

    Choose this DAY which basket of FIGS you will be in; are you part of the problem or are you part of the solution?

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  10. I pray to be back with pofw church family. to uphold God and honour His people. Thank you Lord for keeping me standing. I love you Jesus.

  11. 3 Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

    Fruit

    Although we are not to judge a person, we are to judge their fruit. I have been urged many times to allow the fruit to have time to prove itself.

    MAny times we might start out to do good, but before we reach our destination we decide that we are going to quit, or that its “just not for me.” When we show that we are the ones in charge, and not Jesus, we show npt only how stubborn w can be, but also how selfish we are, and selfishness is a fruit of pride, and pride is the root of all evil.

    We must stay humble and keep ourselves washed in his blood, that way we too do not end up with spiritually bad fruit….

  12. 5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

    6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

    7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

    Could it be that our hearts are as the fruit represented here? My prayer is for my heart today that it may be a pleasing taste to the in the mouth of the Lord my God. A heart that desires relationship with Him.

    Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

  13. 10 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.

  14. 6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

  15. 5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

    Through the trial God knew who were his. He had a plan for them, and set them apart for his purpose, and glory. Daniel, hananiah, mischael, and Azariah were among the few God used.

    They were able to keep a level head even though their world fell apart around them. What an amazing testimony!

  16. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I

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    am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

    God loves his people so much that he actually turns their heat towards him so that they may follow him. I’m thankful that as a young pre teen God turned my heart toward him and by the grace of God I’m never looking back!

  17. 7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

    A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. -Ezekiel 36:26

    And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. -Ezekiel 36:27

    And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. -Ezekiel 36:28

    Lord thank you for the Holy Ghost!

    Thank you Lord for those that received the Holy Ghost tonight at the POFW.

  18. ILove to eat the Word

    It’s Time to be Good Don’t you “Fig”ger
    5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

  19. And I will give them a heart to know (recognize, understand, and be acquainted with) Me, that I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart. (Jeremiah 24:7 AMP)

  20. God doesn’t need us but when we come to Him He accepts us. He will fight for us when we come to Him! If we hold the chains He’ll hold the key!!

    Thank you Jesus!

  21. This chapter illustrates choices. Their choices determined the type of fig they were. Ones should be concerned on how God (Jesus) see ones choices, are they as good figs, or are they as evil figs. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  22. 6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

    7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

  23. Michael- the figs were naughty they were not chosen and the good figs were chosen and Gods people

    Joe- the good figs are very good

    Olivia- GOOD!

    Nicole- naughty and evil are interchangeable when someone does something it’s not cute it’s evil

    Jessie- The Lord gives us reference,
    Visions, and dreams so that our natural minds can understand his spiritual message.
    Help us Lord to see what you are trying to show us.

  24. Our Harvest

    3 Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

    We can feel like just a face in the crowd sometimes, like our good actions don’t really mean much. But God sees all, good and bad. It is not vain to remain faithful regardless of others’ choices; we must fix our eyes on Him and keep believing.

    Galatians 6:9
    And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

    We are promised our harvest, let’s not grow weary and faint in well-doing but persevere in faith.

    Hebrews 12:1-2
    1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

  25. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord : and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. (Jeremiah 24:7 KJV)

  26. 7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

    You (me) have to have our own personal relationship with God. I want to follow after God and do what he wants me to do.

  27. 7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart

    Giving God your heart

    In our heart is where our treasure lie. Our heart is where we must hide the word of God. We should always have the prayer that God will give us a heart to work for his kingdom. Our heart should be fixed on God. He is able to bring you through every storm.

  28. 5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

    6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

    7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

    God prepares the remanent that will be saved from the destruction that is to come. God always has a plan and will always have a people. He doesn’t need us, but he desires us to want/need Him. If we don’t / won’t do it, somebody will!

  29. The good, the bad, and the ugly

    This chapter illustrates a valid principle the ought the bible. The people who were taken into captivity were the same people The Lord had plans to bless. The remanding lot were going to be destroyed. Things get ugly for the ungodly idolaters. The were cursed.

    Likewise today we see similarities. This type and shadow allies to our lives today. For me, I was at times given into captivity for my rebellion. But in the midst of my deserved destruction, The Lord had mercy on me and saw something in my heart I didn’t even see. Now here I am today. A testimony of the lord’s mercy and long suffering. I have been brought back to him my his everlasting love and he rearranges my life to burn of the things I should have never acquired.

    He does this for each of us. He loves us. If we sin, he will forgive us. NET
    But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.

  30. Lasting Fruit

    In 597 B.C. Jehoiachin succeeds his wicked father and reigns only three months until he’s captured by the Babylonians (2 Ki 8-12). Jeremiah’s vision protrays the good figs as the exiles who are taken to Babylon and the bad figs as those who remains in Jerusalem under Zedekiah, the new king appointed by Nebuchadnezzar. The exiles (good figs) are not necessarily righteous people, but God sustains them and brings them back to the land after their hearts are purified through their captivity. The people who stay (bad figs) think they have been lucky to escape and have no further need of God; but God will destroy them. As is thrue throughout Scripture, this is a heart matter. The returning exiles will have a heart to know and follow God (vs 7), and He will allow them to return to their homeland and will bless them there.

  31. Verse 7 AMP “And I will give them a heart to know (recognize, understand, and be acquainted with) Me, that I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.” Thank you Lord…..for a heart to know You!

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