Day 285 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. The Lord serves up a glass of anger. 1 Thessalonians 5: Be ready for the Lord
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1 Thessalonians 5
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Judgment on the Nations of the World
15 The LORD, the God of Israel, said this to me: “Jeremiah, take this cup of wine from my hand. It is the wine of my anger. I am sending you to different nations. Make all the nations drink from this cup. 16 They will drink this wine. Then they will vomit and act like crazy people. They will do this because of the war that I will soon bring against them.” 17 So I took the cup of wine from the
LORD’s hand. I went to those nations and I made them drink from the cup. 18 I poured this wine for the people of Jerusalem and Judah. I made the kings and leaders of Judah drink from the cup. I did this so that all Judah would be left in ruins—a place destroyed so badly that people would be filled with shock to see it. I wanted their enemies to make fun of their misery. I did this so that people would use Judah’s name as a curse. And that is what has happened.
19 Then I made all these other people
drink from the cup: Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, his officials, his important leaders, all his people 20 and all the foreigners who lived there. I also gave it to the kings of the land of Uz and all the kings of the land of the Philistines. These were the kings of the cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron and what remains of the city Ashdod.
21–22 Then I gave the cup to the people of Edom, Moab and Ammon and also to the kings of Tyre and Sidon and the kings of the faraway countries. 23 I gave it to the people of Dedan, Tema and Buz and all those who cut their hair at their tem- ples. 24 I gave it to the kings of Arabia, who live in the desert, 25 and to the kings from Zimri, Elam and Media. 26 I gave it to the kings of the north, those who were far and near. I made them drink one after the other. I made all the kingdoms that are on earth drink from that cup. Finally, after all these other nations, the king of Babylon will drink from it too.
27 “Jeremiah, say to those nations:
‘This is what the LORD All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: Drink this cup of my anger. Get drunk from it and vomit. Fall down and don’t get up. Don’t get up be- cause I am bringing wars against you.’
28 “They will refuse to take the cup
from your hand. They will refuse to drink it, but you will tell them: ‘This is what the LORD All-Powerful says: You will surely drink from this cup! 29 I am already making these bad things happen to Jerusalem, the city that is called by my name. Maybe you people think that you will not be punished, but you are wrong. You will be punished! I am giving the command for war to come against all the people of the earth.’ This message is from the LORD.
30 “Jeremiah, give the people this warning from me:
‘The LORD will shout from heaven.
He will roar like thunder from his holy Temple
to give a loud warning against his people.
He will shout like the workers trampling grapes.
He will shout against everyone on earth.
31 The sound will echo throughout the earth,
announcing that the LORD is accusing the nations.
He will judge all people on earth,
and he will kill the wicked with his sword.’”
This message is from the LORD.
32 This is what the LORD All-Powerful says:
“Disasters will soon spread from country to country.
They will come like a powerful storm to all the faraway places on earth!”
33 The dead bodies of those killed by
the LORD will reach from one end of the earth to the other. No one will cry for them. No one will gather up their bod- ies and bury them. They will be left scat- tered on the ground like manure.
34 Shepherds, you should be leading the sheep.
Start crying, you great leaders!
Roll around on the ground in pain, you leaders of the sheep.
It is now time for your slaughter. You will be scattered everywhere,
like pieces flying from a broken jar.
35 There will be no place for the shepherds to hide.
They will not escape.
36 I hear the shepherds shouting.
I hear the leaders of the sheep crying, because the LORD is destroying their pastures.
37 Those peaceful pastures will be ruined because of the LORD’s anger.
38 Like a lion leaving his cave,
he leaves his people behind.
So their land will be left in ruins by the attacks of the enemy army and by the LORD’s terrible anger.
Jeremiah Speaks at the Temple
This message came from the LORD during the first year that
Jehoiakim* son of Josiah was king of
Judah. 2 This is what the LORD said: “Jeremiah, stand in the courtyard of the Temple of the LORD. Give this message to all the people of Judah who are coming to worship at the Temple of the LORD. Tell them everything that I tell you to speak. Don’t leave out any part of my message. 3 Maybe they will listen and obey my message. Maybe they will stop living such evil lives. If they change, I will change my mind about my plans to punish them. I am planning this punishment because of the many evil things they have done. 4 You will say to them, ‘This is what the LORD says: I gave my teachings to you. You must obey me and follow my teachings. 5 You must listen to what my servants the prophets say to you. I have sent my prophets to you again and again, but you did not listen to them. 6 If you don’t obey me, I will make my Temple in Jerusalem just like my Holy Tent at Shiloh.* People all over the world will think of Jerusalem when they ask for bad things to happen to other cities.’”
7 The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah say these words at the LORD’s Temple. 8 Jeremiah finished speaking everything the LORD had commanded him to say to the people. Then the priests, the prophets and all the people grabbed Jeremiah. They said, “You will die for saying such terrible things! 9 How can you say that this Temple will be destroyed like the one at Shiloh? How can you say that Jerusalem will be destroyed so badly that no one can live here? How dare you say such things in the name of the LORD!” All the people gathered around Jeremiah in the Temple of the LORD.
10 Now the leaders of Judah heard about everything that was happening. So they came out of the king’s palace and went up to the LORD’s Temple. They took their places at the entrance
of the New Gate, which leads to the LORD’s Temple. 11 Then the priests and the prophets spoke to the leaders and all the other people. They said, “Jeremiah should be killed. He said bad things about Jerusalem. You heard him say those things.”
12 Then Jeremiah said to the leaders of Judah and all the other people: “The LORD sent me to say these things about this Temple and this city. Everything that you have heard is from the Lord. 13 You people, change your lives! You must start doing good! You must obey the LORD your God. If you do that, he will change his mind. He will not do the bad things he told you about. 14 As for me, I am in your power. Do to me what you think is good and right. 15 But if you kill me, be sure of one thing. You will be guilty of killing an innocent person. You will make this city and everyone living in it guilty too. The LORD really did send me to you. The message you heard really is from the Lord.”
16 Then the leaders and all the people spoke. They said to the priests and the prophets, “Jeremiah must not be killed. What he told us comes from the LORD our God.”
17 Then some of the leaders of Judah
stood up and spoke to all the people. 18 They said, “Micah the prophet was from the town of Moresheth. He was a prophet during the time that Hezekiah was king of Judah. Micah said this to all the people of Judah: ‘This is what the LORD All-Powerful says:
‘Zion will be destroyed.
It will become a plowed field.
Jerusalem will become a pile of rocks.
Bushes will cover the hill where the Temple now stands.’*
19 “King Hezekiah of Judah and the people of Judah did not kill Micah. You know that Hezekiah respected the LORD and begged him to be kind to his people. So the LORD changed his mind and did not destroy them as he had said he would. So now, if we hurt Jeremiah, we will bring a terrible disaster on ourselves.”
20 About the same time that Jeremiah
was speaking for the LORD, there was another man who spoke the LORD’s mes- sage. His name was Uriah son of Shema- iah from the city of Kiriath Jearim. Uriah said the same things against this city and this land that Jeremiah did. 21 King Jehoiakim, his army officers and the leaders of Judah heard Uriah and became angry. King Jehoiakim wanted to kill Uriah, but Uriah heard about it. Uriah was afraid, so he escaped to the land of Egypt. 22 But King Jehoiakim sent El- nathan son of Acbor and some other men to Egypt. 23 They brought Uriah from Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim. Jehoiakim ordered Uriah to be killed with a sword. Uriah’s body was thrown into the burial place where the poor are buried.
24 But this did not happen to Jeremiah because an important man named Ahikam son of Shaphan supported him. He kept Jeremiah from being killed by the priests and prophets.
1 Thessalonians 5
Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming
Now, brothers and sisters, we don’t need to write to you about times and
dates. 2 You know very well that the day when the Lord comes again will be a sur- prise, like a thief who comes at night. 3 People will say, “We have peace and we are safe.” At that time destruction will come to them quickly, like the pains of a woman giving birth. And those people will not escape.
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not living in darkness. And so that day will not surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all people who belong to the light. You be- long to the day. We don’t belong to the night or to darkness. 6 So we should not be like other people. We should not be sleeping. We should be awake and have self-control. 7 People who sleep, sleep at night. People who drink too much, drink at night. 8 But we belong to the day, so we should control ourselves. We should wear faith and love to protect us. And the hope of salvation should be our helmet.
9 God did not choose us to suffer his anger. God chose us to have salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 Jesus died for us so that we can live together with him. It is not important if we are alive or dead when he comes. 11 So en- courage each other and help each other grow stronger in faith, just as you are al- ready doing.
Final Instructions and Greetings
12 Now brothers and sisters, we ask you to recognize the value of those who
work hard among you—those who, as followers of the Lord, serve as your lead- ers and tell you how to live. 13 Show them the highest respect and love be- cause of the work they do.
Live in peace with each other. 14 We ask you, brothers and sisters, to warn those who will not work. Encourage those who are afraid. Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. 15 No one should ever try to pay back wrong for wrong. But always try to do what is good for each other and for all people.
16 Always be full of joy. 17 Never stop
praying. 18 Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.
19 Don’t stop the work of the Holy
Spirit. 20 Don’t treat prophecy like some- thing that is not important. 21 But test ev- erything. Keep what is good, 22 and stay away from everything that is evil.
23 We pray that God himself, the God of peace, will make you pure— belonging only to him. We pray that your whole self—spirit, soul and body— will be kept safe and be free from blame when our Lord Jesus Christ comes. 24 The one who calls you will do that for you. You can trust him.
25 Brothers and sisters, please pray for
us. 26 Give all the brothers and sisters the special greeting of God’s people.* 27 I tell you by the authority of the Lord to read this letter to all the believers there. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
17 Be good to me, your servant,
so that I may live to obey your word.
18 Open my eyes so that I can see
all the wonderful things in your teachings.
19 I feel like a stranger here on earth.
I need to know your commands. Don’t keep them hidden from me. 20 All I have ever wanted is
to understand your laws.
21 You have told the proud how angry you are with them.
All those who refuse to obey your commands are cursed.
22 Don’t let me be ashamed and embarrassed
because I have obeyed your rules.
23 Rulers have met and made plans against me,
but I, your servant, continue to study your laws.
24 Your rules make me happy;
they give me good advice.
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