Today’s reading is: Jer. 19-20; Dan. 1
Jeremiah Chapter Nineteen
- Jeremiah is instructed to purchase a potter’s jar (Jer. 19:1), and use the visual aid to demonstrate Jerusalem’s shattering (Jer. 19:2-13).
- The valley of Ben-hinnom (Hinnom) was the garbage dump for Jerusalem; people would bring their broken pottery through the potsherd gate.
- The Lord chose an appropriate setting for Jeremiah’s message.
- The Lord declares His intention to rename Topheth (Ben-hinnom) The Valley of Slaughter (Jer. 19:6). Topheth was the scene of great evil, as the center for child-sacrifice in Judah (2nd Kgs. 23:10).
- Jeremiah concludes his Topheth message, and marches to the temple for his next work assignment (Jer. 19:14-15).
Jeremiah Chapter Twenty
- Jeremiah’s message resulted in his persecution at the hands of Pashhur the priest (Jer. 20:1-2).
- Pashhur “destruction all around” will be renamed to “terror on every side” (Jer. 20:3).
- Jeremiah continues to proclaim his messages of judgment (Jer. 20:4-6).
- He feels deceived doing so (Jer. 20:7-8).
- He cannot stay silent (Jer. 20:9).
- He knows his message is producing enemies (Jer. 20:10), but he takes refuge in the Lord (Jer. 20:11-13).
- When Jeremiah fails to see immediate answers to his prayer, he grows discouraged and curses his very birth (Jer. 20:14-18).
Daniel Chapter One
- The 3rd year of King Jehoiakim according to Babylonian reckoning (Dan. 1:1) is the 4th year of King Jehoiakim according to Jewish reckoning (Jer. 25:1). The year is 605BC.
- Although placed on the throne of Judah by Egypt as a puppet King (2nd Kgs. 23:34-37), Jehoiakim submitted to Babylonian rule and agreed to pay tribute (Dan. 1:1-4; 2nd Kgs. 24:1-6; 2nd Chr. 36:5-8).
- Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, & Azariah are among the youths taken hostage to guarantee Jehoiakim’s allegiance (Dan. 1:6).
- Of the royal family. “Seed of royalty”
- Youths. יֶלֶד yeled #3206. Approx. 10-14 years old.
- Able to serve. “to stand in the King’s house”
- The royal hostages are enrolled in a Chaldean academy in order to be conformed to the Babylonian way of life.
- They were educated in the literature and language of the Chaldeans.
- They were provided the finest food & drink of Babylonian prosperity.
- They were given Babylonian names of idolatry to break their identification with Jehovah Elohim.
- They graduated #1-4 in their class as God the Father blessed them with academic ability.
- Daniel took the leadership for the faithful four and stood for righteousness in dietary purity (Dan. 1:8-16).
- The royal hostages become royal advisors at graduation (Dan. 1:18-20).