“And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years” (Jeremiah 25:11 NKJV).


The prophet Jeremiah received this prophecy from the Lord concerning Judah’s looming fall and 70 year captivity to Babylon. His words fell on deaf ears. His king, Jehoiakim of Judah, did not listen to Jeremiah, even at one point, burning his prophetic scroll. But the Lord told Jeremiah to make another copy, so we still have this prophecy today.
Jehoiakim soon saw Jeremiah’s words come to pass. He was taken into Babylonian captivity along with young Daniel and many other Jews from Jerusalem. Their exile lasted exactly 70 years just as the Lord had told Jeremiah.
When you read God’s Word, do you trust it? Or is your response more like King Jehoiakim, who heard it, then threw its scroll in the fire?
PRAYER: Dear Father, we would never burn Your Word in the fire, but we might ignore it or rebel against it. Forgive us. We want to hear Your Word and obey it. Strengthen us to follow Your Son in all things. For He is Your Word incarnate. In His name we pray, amen.