Day 287 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. A New Jerusalem. 2 Thessalonians 2: The Evil One returns

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Jeremiah 29:24-32

Jeremiah 30

Jeremiah 31:1-14

2 Thessalonians 2

Psalm 119:33-40

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Jeremiah 29:24-32

God’s Message to Shemaiah

24 Also give a message to Shemaiah from the Nehelam family. 25 This is what the LORD All-Powerful, the God of Is- rael, says: “Shemaiah, you sent letters to all the people in Jerusalem and to the

priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah. You also sent letters to all the priests. You sent those letters in your own name, not by my authority. Your letter to Zepha- niah said: 26 ‘The LORD has made you priest in place of Jehoiada. You are to be in charge of the LORD’s Temple. You know you should arrest any madman who pretends to be a prophet. Anyone like that should have chains put around his feet and neck. 27 You have Jeremiah from Anathoth there, who is pretending to be a prophet. So why have you not stopped him? 28 He has sent this message to us in Babylon: you people in Babylon will be there for a long time, so build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat the food you grow.’”

29 Zephaniah the priest read the let- ter to Jeremiah the prophet. 30 Then this message from the LORD came to Jeremiah: 31 “Jeremiah, send this mes- sage to all the captives in Babylon: ‘This is what the LORD says about Shemaiah, the man from the Nehelam family: She- maiah has spoken to you, but I didn’t send him. He has made you believe a lie. 32 Because Shemaiah has done that, says the LORD, I will soon punish She- maiah, the man from the Nehelam fam- ily. I will completely destroy his family, and he will not share in the good things I will do for my people.’” This message is from the LORD. “I will punish Shemaiah because he has taught the people to turn against the LORD.”

Jeremiah 30

Promises of Hope

This is the message that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 The

LORD, the God of the people of Israel, said: “Jeremiah, write down in a book the words I have spoken to you. 3 Do this because the days will come, says the LORD, when I will bring my people, Is- rael and Judah, back to the good life


they had before. I will put the people back in the land that I gave to their an- cestors. Then my people will own that land again.”

4 The LORD spoke to me about the

people of Israel and Judah. 5 This is what the LORD said:

“We hear people crying from fear. There is fear, not peace.

6 “Ask this question and consider it:

Can a man have a baby? Of course not!

Then why do I see these men holding their stomachs

like a woman having labour pains? Why have their faces turned so pale? 7 “It is a terrible time of trouble—

the worst ever!

And my people Israel will suffer greatly, but they will be saved in the end.

8 “At that time,” says the LORD All-

Powerful, “I will break the yoke from the necks of the people of Israel and Judah, and I will break the ropes holding you. People from foreign countries will never again force my people to be slaves. 9 The people of Israel and Judah will not serve foreign countries. No, they will serve the LORD their God. I will send them David their king,* and they will serve him.

10 “So, descendants of Jacob, my


don’t be afraid,” says the LORD. “People of Israel, don’t be afraid.

I will save you from that faraway place, and I will save your children from the

land where they are captives.

Your people will return to a life of peace. There will be no enemy to frighten them. 11 I am with you and will save you,”

says the LORD.

“I will completely destroy those nations where I scattered you.

But I will not destroy you.

Certainly, you must be punished for your sin.

But I will punish you fairly.”

12 This is what the LORD says to his people:

“You have been badly wounded,

and no one can heal your injuries.

13 There is no one to help you.

There is no medicine to ease your pain or heal your wounds.

14 Those nations you wanted as friends

have forgotten you.

They don’t care about you any more. So I wounded you like an enemy.

I punished you severely.

I did this because of your great guilt. I did this because of your many sins.

15 Why are you crying about your


There is no cure for them.

I did this to you because of your great guilt.

I did this because of your many sins.

16 But now, all who try to destroy you will be destroyed.

All your enemies will become captives.

All who steal from you will have their things stolen.

All who attack you will be attacked.

17 And I will bring back your health

and heal your wounds,” says the LORD, “because those other people rejected


They said, ‘No one cares about Zion.’”

18 This is what the LORD says:

“I will return Jacob’s descendants to a better life,

and I will have pity on their ruined houses.

The city† will be rebuilt on its hill of




*30:9 David their king This means another king of Israel who will be great like King David.

30:18 city This probably refers to Jerusalem. But it might also mean all the cities of Israel and Judah.


And the king’s palace will stand where it was before.

19 People in those places will sing songs

of praise,

and there will be the sound of laughter. I will give them many children,

so Israel and Judah will not be small. I will bring honour to them.

No one will look down on them.

20 Their descendants will be blessed as my people were long ago.

They will again worship me all together, and I will punish anyone who tries to

harm them.”

21 The LORD says:

“One of their own people will lead them. That ruler will come from among them.

I will invite him to approach me, and he will come near.

That’s the only way anyone would have the courage to come near me.

22 You will be my people,

and I will be your God.”

23 The LORD was very angry! He punished the people.

The punishment came like a storm.

It came like a tornado against those wicked people.

24 The LORD will be angry

until he finishes punishing them. He will be angry until he finishes the punishment he planned.

When that day comes,

you people of Judah will understand.

Jeremiah 31:1-14

The New Israel

This is what the LORD said: “At that time I will be the God of all

the tribes of Israel. And they will be my people.”

2 When Israel escaped the enemy’s sword,

they found favour in the desert. The LORD came to give them rest.

3 Long ago he appeared to them and said,

“I have loved you with a love that con- tinues forever.

That is why I have continued showing you kindness.

4 Israel, my bride, I will rebuild you.

You will be a country again.

You will pick up your tambourines again.

You will dance with all the other people who are having fun.

5 You farmers of Israel will plant vine-

yards again.

You will plant the vineyards on the hills around the city of Samaria.

The farmers will enjoy the fruit from the vineyards.

6 There will be a time when watchmen*

shout this message:

‘Come, let’s go up to Zion to worship the LORD our God!’

Even the watchmen in the hill country of Ephraim† will shout that message.”

7 This is what the LORD says: “Be happy and sing for Jacob!

Shout for Israel, the greatest of the nations!

Sing your praises and shout: ‘LORD, save your people!‡

Save those of Israel who are still living.’

8 Remember, I will bring Israel from that country in the north.

I will gather the people of Israel from the faraway places on earth.

Some of the people will be blind and lame.



*31:6 watchmen Here, this means the prophets, who were like guards on the city walls. They watched for danger and called out instructions to the people.

31:6 hill country of Ephraim This was the central part of the land that had been the northern kingdom of Israel.

31:7 LORD, save your people Or “The LORD has saved his people!” This is often a shout of victory.


Some of the women will be pregnant and ready to give birth,

but many people will come back.

9 They will come back crying,

but I will lead them and comfort them. I will lead them by streams of water.

I will lead them on an easy road, where they will not stumble.

I will lead them in that way because I am Israel’s father,

and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

10 “Nations, listen to this message from the LORD!

Tell this message in the faraway lands by the sea:

‘God scattered the people of Israel, but he will bring them back together,

and he will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’

11 The LORD will bring Jacob back.

He will save his people from those who are stronger.

12 The people of Israel will come to the

top of Zion,

and they will shout with joy.

Their faces will shine with happiness

about the good things the LORD gives them.

He will give them grain, new wine, olive oil, young sheep and cattle.

They will be like a garden that has plenty of water.

And the people of Israel will not be troubled any more.

13 Then the young women of Israel

will be happy and dance.

And the men, young and old, will join in the dancing.

I will change their sadness into happiness.

I will comfort my people, making them happy instead of sad.

14 I will give the priests plenty of food,

and my people will be filled and satisfied with the good things I give them,”

says the LORD.

2 Thessalonians 2

Evil Things Will Happen

Brothers and sisters, we have some- thing to say about the coming of

our Lord Jesus Christ. We want to talk to you about that time when we will meet together with him. 2 Don’t let your- selves be easily upset or worried if you hear that the day of the Lord has al- ready come. Someone might say that this idea came from us—in something the Spirit told us, or in something we said or in a letter we wrote. 3 Don’t be fooled by anything they might say. That day of the Lord will not come until the turning away from God happens. And that day will not come until the Man of Evil appears, the one who is sure to be destroyed.* 4 He will stand against and put himself above everything that peo- ple worship or think is worthy of wor- ship. He will even go into God’s Temple† and sit there, claiming that he is God.

5 I told you more than once when I was there that all these things would hap- pen. Remember? 6 And you know what is keeping this Man of Evil from com- ing. He will not be allowed to appear until the right time comes. 7 The secret power of evil is already working in the world now. But there is one who is hold- ing back that secret power. And he will continue to hold it back until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that Man of Evil will appear. But the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath that comes from his mouth. The Lord will come in a way that



*2:3 to be destroyed Or “to cause destruction”. Literally, “is the son of destruction”.

2:4 Temple Probably the Temple in Jerusalem. See Temple in the Word List.


everyone will see, and that will be the end of the Man of Evil.

9 When that Man of Evil comes, it will

be the work of Satan. He will come with great power, and he will do all kinds of false miracles, signs and wonders. 10 The Man of Evil will use every kind of evil to fool those who are on their way to de- struction. They will be lost because they refused to love the true message about Jesus* and be saved. 11 So God will cause them to be fooled and to believe what is false. 12 They will all be condemned because they did not believe the true message and because they enjoyed do- ing evil.

You Are Chosen for Salvation

13 Brothers and sisters, you are peo- ple the Lord loves. And we always thank God for you. That’s what we should do, because God chose you to be some of the first people† to be saved. You were saved by the Spirit making you God’s holy peo- ple and by trusting in the true message about Jesus. 14 God chose you to have that salvation. He chose you by using the Good News that we told you. You were chosen so that you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So, brothers and sisters, stand strong and continue to believe the teachings we gave you when we were there and by letter.

16–17 We pray that the Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father will comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. God loved us and gave us through his grace a wonder- ful hope and comfort that has no end.


Psalm 119:33-40


33 LORD, teach me the way of life shown in your laws.

Just following that way will be my reward.

34 Help me understand your teachings,

and I will follow them.

I will obey them with all my heart.

35 Keep me on the path laid out by your commands,

because that is where I am happy.

36 Give me the desire to follow your rules,

not the desire to get rich.

37 Keep me from giving attention to worthless things.

Help me follow your ways so I can go on living.

38 Do what you promised me, your


so that people will respect you.

39 Keep the insults I dread away from me.

Your laws are good.

40 See how much I want to obey your instructions!

Be good to me, and let me live.