August 25, 2018: SOAP #3187:  Jeremiah 37-39; Psalm 79; 2John Scripture:  Jeremiah (NIV) 39:16 “Go and tell Ebed-Melech the Cushite, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfil my words against this city through disaster, not prosperity. At that time, they will be fulfilled before your eyes. […]

August 25, 2018: SOAP #3187:  Jeremiah 37-39; Psalm 79; 2John

Scripture:  Jeremiah (NIV) 39:16 “Go and tell Ebed-Melech the Cushite, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfil my words against this city through disaster, not prosperity. At that time, they will be fulfilled before your eyes. 17 But I will rescue you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be handed over to those you fear. 18 I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the LORD.'”

Observation:   Who is Ebed-Melech the Cushite?   Why would God have something special to say to this Ethiopian eunuch serving in the court of King Zedekiah?   The answer can be found in the previous chapter (38:7-13).    Although not a Jew, Ebed spoke boldly to the King on behalf of Jeremiah the prophet who had been thrown into a damp, muddy cistern.   At the king's direction, Ebed gathered some men, found some ropes, found some old rags to be used as padding under the arms of the prophet, then raised Jeremiah to safety.

When God brought judgment on the city, God would personally rescue Ebed!

Application:   God notices the acts of kindness done by those who love God.   God took Ebed's acts personally and so He took specific, personal action on behalf of Ebed!     'I will rescue youI will save you'   Ebed had ministered to Jeremiah, but God was going to minister to Ebed!

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, thank you for noticing and repaying acts of kindness your people do today.   We do not read that Ebed was seeking your hand, but you extended your care to him out of the goodness of your heart!   You look at our acts of kindness as though we had done them personally to you!   and you repay.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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