Portland News

May 15, 2020

Friday Evening Bible Study

Tony Boyce continued teaching from the Discovery series, with this week's lesson from Jeremiah 46:1 – 52:34, titled “The Pronouncement of Judgment on the Nations.” Those nations included: Egypt, Philistia, Moab, Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Kedar, Hazor, Elam, and Babylon.

Brother Tony began by asking, “Why do you think God chose to judge the nations surrounding Israel?” Then he answered by saying, “God keeps His Word.” In Genesis 12:3 God promised Abram, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” If God judged His own people, He would certainly also judge the nations that had led them away from worshiping God. Proverbs 28:10 says, “Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit.”

God called the nation of Israel to be His chosen people, and He also faithfully called other nations, as seen in the life of Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar witnessed the testimony of the three Hebrew children in various situations, especially as they stood for the Lord when thrown into the fiery furnace. God wanted Nebuchadnezzar to lead his nation in a way that would glorify God.

Focusing on the last portion of Jeremiah 46:25 reveals that God is not only aware of the deeds of nations, but is concerned with individuals. Joshua told the people of his day, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15). Each person must make a choice of whom to serve. Brother Tony encouraged those who are saved to grow in their walks with the Lord and seek His plan for their lives.

Jeremiah chapter 52 records the sad end of Judah’s last king. King Zedekiah was an evil king who made wrong decisions not only for himself, but for his nation. His choices caused the death of his own sons, and also the princes of Judah. This account teaches that one's actions will affect others' lives too, even to the next generation. Brother Tony expounded on this point by reading the warning in Romans 14:11-13, “As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”

Brother Tony closed by saying the prophet Jeremiah is a good example to follow, especially considering the spiritually challenging society of today. Obedience to God will require courage, and for that believers can rely on the promise in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Watch the full service in the Media Center.

Click here to read the Discovery lesson.