Week of February 11 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Jeremiah 24:6-7

I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7 I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.

Day 1 Read: Jeremiah 24:6-7

Reflect: How many promises does God make through the prophet in these two verses?

Consider: In Hebrew thinking the heart was looked upon as the seat of the intellect, as its connection with the verb to know indicates. The first part of the verse can be understood: “I will give them an understanding which will allow them to know me”; the Revised English Bible has “I shall give them the wit to know me.” This could also be expressed “I will give them the intelligence to know me.” However, what is involved here is not so much intelligence as making a decision to serve the Lord; “I will give them the will to know me” is possibly the best translation. Today’s English Version is similar to this: “I will give them the desire to know that I am the Lord.”[1]

 

Respond: What encouragement can you personally draw from these promises? Which one resonates the most with you? What do you need to yield to God in order to be more receptive to his promises?

 

 

[1]  Barclay M. Newman Jr. and Philip C. Stine, A Handbook on Jeremiah, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 2003), 524.