From Handbook to Scripture, Day 175
READING: JEREMIAH 19
The sign of the potter’s earthenware jar is another illustration to the people of Judah of the irrevocable consequences of their apostasy, idolatry, and immorality. Jeremiah took some of the elders of the people and priests to the Valley of Hinnom near the potsherd gate of Jerusalem and proclaimed a prophetic word of condemnation due to the spiritual infidelity of the people. Then Jeremiah shattered the jar in their sight to portray the way God would break the people and the city. This scene summarizes the prophetic burden of this whole book: in spite of God’s covenant love for His people, they have corrupted themselves through spiritual harlotry and are beyond the point of repentance.
Prayer: Lord, I know Your character is perfect and uncompromisingly holy and that my own thoughts, words, and deeds have separated me from You. But I thank You that I have been restored to peace and union with You through the gift of faith in the righteousness of Christ.
Meditation passage: verse 15
From A Simple Book of Prayers
Inclining My Heart to Obey
O Lord, I am deeply grateful for Your wonderful acts, for Your abundant promises, and for the gift of my relationship with You through the merits of Christ.
We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. (Revelation 11:17)
You give wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
You reveal deep and hidden things;
You know what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with You. (Daniel 2:21–22)
Take a moment to express your gratitude for the many blessings that you have received from the Lord.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes to the very end. (Psalm 119:105, 112)
We are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. (1 Thessalonians 5:5–6)
Lord, I praise You for Your merciful love and truth and for the abundance of grace that came through Jesus Christ. You hear my supplications. May I walk in the light of Your Word and be alert and self-controlled.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Works of God—Redemption
The Father granted the Son authority over all people that He might give eternal life to as many as He has given Him. (John 17:2)
The Lord prayed, “I glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.” (John 17:4–5)
Jesus did not ask that the Father should take us out of the world, but that He protect us from the evil one. He prayed, “Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:15, 24)
The Lord Jesus was taken up to heaven, after He gave instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen. (Acts 1:2)
After His suffering, Jesus showed Himself to the apostles and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke of the things concerning the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)
The Lord told the apostles, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Self Correctly
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15–16)