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About Kevin Jesmer NIU UBF

Kevin Jesmer NIU UBF has been a member since July 10th 2011, and has created 2229 posts from scratch.

Kevin Jesmer NIU UBF's Bio

I am a originally from Canada. I am a pastor of a house church ministry praying for the people of DeKalb, IL and the students of NIU. I also work as nurse. My wife Julie and myself are raising five wonderful children, who are serving the Lord together.

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Oscar Jesmer

Oscar Jesmer.

Jesmer family history

Donald Jesmer’s page

Hubert Jesmer’s page

Children of Oscar Jesmer:    Donald, Andrew, Darlene (Rob), Gordon, Sharon (Stephen).

Parents of Oscar Jesmer: Donald (Jesmer) and Clara (Meekis)

Siblings of Oscar Jesmer: Marieanne (Richard), Shirley, Helen, Rose, Maxine, Donald and Walter.

In Memory of:   OSCAR JESMER

September 13, 1943 – September 22, 2018

With family close by his side, our beloved father passed away, in the early hours on Saturday September 22, 2018. He was born in Deer Lake Ontario, grew up in Red Lake and moved to Winnipeg for the later part of his life. During his youth he was very athletic; he dominated in track and field, and excelled at hockey.

Oscar was predeceased by his parents Donald (Jesmer) and Clara (Meekis), his two sons Donald and Andrew who I am sure were waiting for him with open arms. They are the lucky ones now as they have our father and he will forever be in our hearts and the memories we had will live on forever.

Oscar is survived by his children Darlene (Rob), Gordon, Sharon (Stephen). Also his sister’s Marieanne (Richard), Shirley, Helen, Rose, Maxine and his brother’s Donald and Walter. Oscar is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He has numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. May his memory live on in each and every one of us.

Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street.

https://cropo.com/tribute/details/6223/OSCAR-JESMER/obituary.html

Oscar Jesmer

Oscar Jesmer.

Jesmer family history

Donald Jesmer’s page

Hubert Jesmer’s page

Children of Oscar Jesmer:    Donald, Andrew, Darlene (Rob), Gordon, Sharon (Stephen).

Parents of Oscar Jesmer: Donald (Jesmer) and Clara (Meekis)

Siblings of Oscar Jesmer: Marieanne (Richard), Shirley, Helen, Rose, Maxine, Donald and Walter.

In Memory of:   OSCAR JESMER

September 13, 1943 – September 22, 2018

With family close by his side, our beloved father passed away, in the early hours on Saturday September 22, 2018. He was born in Deer Lake Ontario, grew up in Red Lake and moved to Winnipeg for the later part of his life. During his youth he was very athletic; he dominated in track and field, and excelled at hockey.

Oscar was predeceased by his parents Donald (Jesmer) and Clara (Meekis), his two sons Donald and Andrew who I am sure were waiting for him with open arms. They are the lucky ones now as they have our father and he will forever be in our hearts and the memories we had will live on forever.

Oscar is survived by his children Darlene (Rob), Gordon, Sharon (Stephen). Also his sister’s Marieanne (Richard), Shirley, Helen, Rose, Maxine and his brother’s Donald and Walter. Oscar is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He has numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. May his memory live on in each and every one of us.

Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street.

https://cropo.com/tribute/details/6223/OSCAR-JESMER/obituary.html

Belle Wood Jesmer-Nelson Adulphus Jesmer’s First Wife

Belle Wood Jesmer-Nelson Adulphus Jesmer’s First Wife.

Link to Nelson A. Jesmer

Link to Herbert Jesmer, Belle’s and Nelson’s son

Link to Jesmer family history page

Herbert J. Jesmer was the first child of Nelson Adulphus Jesmer. He was born to Belle Wood, the first wife of Nelson A. Jesmer. Herbert was born in 10/23/1886 in Bessemer Michigan. “J” most likely stood for Joseph, since both of his grandfathers were named Joseph. Nelson had married a woman named Belle Wood. She was the daughter of Joseph and Belle Wood, who were Canadian. She had come to Ashland WI to visit her brother and a week later she was married to Nelson. They later moved to Bessemer MI where Nelson was running a hotel. Nelson was a pioneer of the town and run a hotel called Jesmer and Long.  Later he ran the Colby House. Having a baby was very dangerous back then. It proved to be very dangerous for Belle Jesmer, because she died one week later, after giving birth to Herbert, from post-partum infection.

November 14, 1885, “Miss Belle Wood is here visiting her brother J.A.” The Ashland Press.

[Article] History Of Bessemer  (One week later she married Nelson A. Jesmer in Ashland)

 The witnesses to their marriage were John McNeil. and Mary McNeil. The Pastor was Pauluius O.S.F. who resided in Ashland. Date of registration was December 16, 1885.

(Wisconsin vital records   No. 97    00074)

Belle Wood’s parents were both born in Canada. (From the marriage certificate)

 Belle Wood died of “Birth Fever”  according to the county clerk registrar.

 Nelson E. Jesmer (i.e. Ted Jesmer) (grandson) found that in June 26, 1895, Hibbing MN census, Herbert was living with his father and his step mother.

1901; The family moved from Langdon ND to South western Manitoba near Killarney

 Nelson also stated that Herbert went with his family to Saskatchewan Canada in 1904.

 Nelson, his wife Genevieve and three (four) children, (Herbert), Ida, Carl and Harvey came to the Quill City area in the spring of 1904. They traveled by a yoke of oxen and wagon from Sheho, the end of the steel. There was no town or post office in the area. At that time it was unknown where the rail would be laid or when. The land here had just been opened for homesteading a year earlier, …Nelson discovered that S.E. of 22-34-14 W2nd was open and filed on it. The nearest land office was Humboldt

 The family spent the summer in a tent and put up some hay. The wild hay was thick and so tall it brushed the bottom of the wagon box. In August it turned cold and there was a bad wind storm. The tent blew down and a great deal of snow fell. The family spent two days lying under the canvas of the fallen tent, under the snow. They ate raw oatmeal.

They returned to Sheho for the winter. The G. Clarksons and Aspenalls and their children wintered with them.

 1905 The spring was very early and dry. When the family returned, a fire had swept the area and burned the hay, but the hay-rack left behind the year before, was intact. Everywhere in the blackened ground, white buffalo bones were to be seen.

 At 17 years old, Herbert J. Jesmer, the son of Nelson A. Jesmer and Belle (Wood) Jesmer left home with his wagon and was never seen again. It was said that he was moving cargo in the Red Lake Ontario area. He would have left almost immediately after arriving in Canada.



Birth Certificate of Herbert J. Jesmer, The First Son Of Nelson (and his first wife, Belle Wood)

State Of Michigan                                                                                                       121-5-282

Department Of Community Health

Certificate Of Live Birth

___________________________________________________________________

  1. Child name

Herbert J.  Jesmer

  1. Sex 3.  Race or Color    4. Stillborn, twins, etc.                 5. Date of Birth

male                                     White                                                                         October 23, 1886

______________________________________________________________________

  1. Location of Birth 7. County of Birth

Bessemer Township                                                                                                   Gogebic

_______________________________________________________________________

8a. Mother’s Name (First, Middle, Last)  8b. Birthplace of mother         8c. Occupation of mother

Belle Wood Jesmer                                       Canada                                      Not given

______________________________________________________________________

9a. Father’s name (First, Middle, Last)    9b. Birthplace of Father           9c. Occupation of Father

Nels A. Jesmer                                             New York                                 Hotel Keeper

________________________________________________________________________

10a. Mother’s residence                                                                                10b. Father’s residence

Bessemer, MI                                                                                                  Bessemer, MI

_________________________________________________________________________

11a. Date received by registrar

September 2,1887

_________________________________________________________________________

October 26, 1998

I hereby certify that the above is a true and correct reproduction of the certificate on file in the Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, Michigan.

Certified by:  Carol V. Getts

State Registrar

Belle Wood Was Nelson’s First Wife. She died of post partum infection

State Of Michigan                                                                                                           3-16

Department Of Community Health                                                           State Office Number

Certificate Of Death                                                33

Registered Number

_________________________________________________________________________

Decedent’s name (First, Middle Last)                        Sex                Date of Death (month/day/year)

Belle Wood Jesmer                                  Female                                 11-09-1886

__________________________________________________________________________

Age                                                    Date of Birth (Year, Month, Day)          Birthplace

31                                                                                                                           Canada

_________________________________________________________________

Marital status                                   Race or Color                                      Occupation of deceased

Married                                             White                                                     Housewife

____________________________________________________________________

Mother’s name (First/Middle/Last)                                                               Mother’s residence

Belle Wood                                                                                                       Canada

________________________________________________________________

Father’s name (First/Middle/Last)                                                                 Father’s residence

Joseph Wood                                                                                                     Canada

______________________________________________________________

Cause of death

  1. Fever following child birth

________________________________________________________________________________

Date received by registrar                                               registrar

09-02-1887                                                                        Conrad Carlson

________________________________________________________________________

09-15-98

I hereby certify that the above is a true and correct reproduction of the certificate on file in the Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, Michigan.

Certified by:  Carol V. Getts

State Registrar

(The certificate was typed into a word document by Kevin Jesmer 2007)

(Certificate typed as a word document by Kevin Jesmer 2007)

 

I Finally Got To See The Gravesite of My Great Grandparents, Nelson and Jennie Jesmer

I finally got to see the gravesite of my great grandparents, Nelson and Jennie Jesmer.

Link to Nelson and Genevieve’s main page

Link to Jesmer family history 

They moved from the USA to Manitoba in 1901 and then to Quill City RM in 1904 (Next to Wadena Saskatchewan). I have done so much research about this man and his wife. It was like a knew them, though they died in 1936 and 1937. I always missed one thing, I never ever saw where they were buried. In July 2018 I visited Wadena and I saw the foundation of their old barn and the place where he had a garage, among other things. But the most intriguing thing was seeing their final resting place. They are buried in the Wadena Cemetery. Howard Jesmer, my dad’s cousin and Gloria Jesmer his wife took me on a tour. Nelson is the common ancestor of Howard and myself.


Photos of me and Howard around the grave site.


The Paswegin Cemetery Where My Grandparents, Harvey and Alice Jesmer Are.

The Paswegin Cemetery Where My Grandparents, Harvey and Alice Jesmer Are.

Link to Harvey and Alice page

Link to Jesmer history page

This summer, (July 2018) I took a solo trip to see the boyhood home of my father. His first cousin, Howard Jesmer and his wife Gloria took me on a trip around the Quill Lake Rural municipality where it all happened. One of the places I saw was the graveyard where my grandparents, Harvey and Alice Jesmer are buried. Please note that Alice’s birthday is September 28. (not Sept 12).I never saw their final resting place before. It was a good experience being there. Some loose ends in my heart were connected to the whole. If that makes any sense. Here are the pictures of the cemetery. It is located a few miles out of Wadena Saskatchewan. Also note, that Magne Statland’s (Alice Jesmer’s brother) ashes are buried here without a grave marker. His ashes are interned at the grave site of one of his relatives here in the Paswegin Cemetery.

Other graves in the cemetery. There are some of my relatives and also the grave of my dad’s (Ted Jesmer) boyhood friend, Mark Turnbull.

 

The Grave Sites of My Grandparents and Great grandparents

The Grave Sites of My Grandparents and Great grandparents

Link to Nelson and Jenny Jesmer

Link to Harvey and Alice Jesmer

Link to Jesmer family history

All of my life I never did see the gravesite of the great grandparents. This summer, at the age of 53, I finally saw the grave sites of both my grandparents (Harvey and Alice Jesmer) and Harvey’s parents, Nelson Adolphus Jesmer and his wife Genevieve “Jenny” (Soquet) Jesmer. Nelson and Jenny are buried in the Wadena Cemetery and Harvey and Alice are buried in the nearby Paswegin Cemetery. My dad’s first cousin, Howard Jesmer and his wife Gloria Jesmer, showed me all about the Rural Municipality where the Jesmers have been since 1904. It is an area about 6 miles by 6 miles. We call such an area of land in the USA, a township.
Here are the pictures. I can’t edit photos, and so if they are too big, simply save or copy onto another document. Please note that Alice was born on September 28th. The grave marker has a mistake on it.


Harvey and Alice Jesmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson Adolphus Jesmer and his wife Genevieve “Jenny” Jesmer


Jeremiah 1:1-19: Accept The Call By God’s Grace Alone by Kevin E. Jesmer 7-3-18

Accept The Call By God’s Grace Alone

Jeremiah 1:1-19                         Kevin E. Jesmer

Key Verse: 1:7                            7-3-18

“But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” (NIV)

Part 1: Our Confidence Is In God Alone (1-10)

Verses 1-10, “The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. 2 The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, 3 and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile. 4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

    before you were born I set you apart;

    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.  8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. 9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Have you ever faced an ominous task? What about a school project or a job that you have not received training for? These things generate within us great anxiety at times. How can we succeed in overcoming the looming obstacle, especially when we have no means within ourselves to do so? We have all faced it. I have recurring nightmares of failing university and missing classes and not being prepared for finals. All of this even after I graduated from college! Jeremiah was facing a challenging call from God. He was called to stand as God’s servant to preach his word of judgement to his own people. He felt like he could not do it. But God showed him, that with God’s help, he could embrace his calling and live as God’s servant. Let’s see.

After Solomon’s death the united kingdom of Israel divided into the northern and southern kingdoms. The north was called Israel and the south was called Judah.  Jeremiah was the son of a priest from the village of Anathoth in Benjamin, a few miles north of Jerusalem, in the southern kingdom. He lived and prophesied during the reigns of at least five kinds of Judah. It was a time of political upheaval. There was moral and spiritual decay. Egypt and Babylon battled for supremacy in the region. Judah was caught in the middle.

Jeremiah began his prophetic ministry in the thirteenth year of King Josiah (627 B.C.). King Josiah had set out make great religious reforms in Judah according to God’s word. But his reforms did not change the hearts of his people. Josiah could not stem the tide of corruption. He was killed in an attempt to stop an Egyptian invasion. The people of Judah, from the top on down were still rebellious towards the Lord. Jeremiah appreciated Josiah’s attempts at reform. When the king died, Jeremiah lamented his death. (2 Chron 35:25).

God had a plan for which Jeremiah would be set apart. God forgave his sins and called him to head up a special mission. This was God’s grace to him. Look at verse 5. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah was appointed by God as a prophet to the nations. He was called to go wherever God sent him and say whatever God told him to say. God knew Jeremiah long before he was born, definitely he knew him long before his coming to the faith. God thought about him and made a plan for him. Though he may have felt inadequate and discouraged at times, God always thought of him as a valuable member of his kingdom and had a great and wonderful purpose in mind for him.

Some people don’t have a clear calling like Jeremiah did. What should they do? Whether the calling is specific and clear, or vague and general, all believers have a calling in life. If God does not give you a specific calling then serve the common mission that that is common to all believers. Whatever we do we should do it for the glory of God (Philippians 1:11). That mission will undauntedly involve loving, obeying and serving God through the local church, and loving your neighbor as yourself. (Matt 22:26-40) One day, his more defined calling will become evident. This is called convergence, when all the seemingly loose threads of life and ministry come together to form a cord.

Jeremiah lacked confidence as a prophet. Look at verses 6-8, “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.  8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.”  God placed before Jeremiah, a new challenge. He listened to God, but he was pensive. He lacked self-confidence. Jeremiah thought he was only a child, too young and too inexperienced to be a prophet to the nations. He, like many prophets in the Bible, who had no confidence in serving his calling and mission given from God.

Think about another servant of God. Moses was eighty years old when God called him to lead his people out of Egypt. When he was called, he had no confidence in himself to embrace such a task. Look at Exodus 3:11-16, “11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” 13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’” Moses was to go in God’s name. God promised to be with Moses. God would go ahead of Moses and make the people favorably disposed to him. The success of the mission he was called to embrace had nothing to do with Moses’ strength as a man, but it had everything to do with the God who was sending him.

Our confidence can never come from our human strength. It must come from God. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 reads, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” This was written from Apostle Paul’s personal experience with God. Though we are weak he is strong. Even in our weakness, we can do all things through he who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

If God gives us a job to do in his kingdom work he will surely provide all that we need to embrace the call and serve him in that office. He is God. He has all authority. He is all powerful. He is ready, willing and able to rescue his servants according to his will.

Likewise, it is the same for us. We have been called by Jesus to embrace some sort of mission. The missions change as the chapters of our lives unfold, yes. But each phase of our calling is no less difficult to embrace. The challenge is much greater than our human strength. We must never allow feelings of inadequacy keep us from obeying God’s call. Jesus will be with us. Our lack of self-confidence must never be an excuse.

But God promised to be with him. Look at verse 8 again, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.”  This was God’s promise to be with Jeremiah. He didn’t have to be strong. He didn’t have to have it all together. No. God would be with him. God would strengthen him and go before him as he opened his mouth to speak the word of God. This is consistent with the world mission command of Jesus. Matthew 28:18-20 reads, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

God transformed Jeremiah into a prophet. Look at verses 9-10, “Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” Jeremiah was not born a prophet. He did not naturally have confidence to preach the word of God. God touched him and transformed him into a prophet. This brings great hope to us all.

We are all underqualified. We are all incapable of serving the Lord. But that does not disqualify us from assuming the role God has called us to. God actually transforms us into his servants. He puts his words in our mouths and he appoints us. All of the onus is on God and not on ourselves. It takes a whole lot of pressure off of us. This too is the grace of God.

God is a God of the whole world. God appointed Jeremiah to bring his word to the nations and kingdoms. He would speak not only to the Jews, but also to the Gentile nations. Yes, Jesus was working through Israel. Even back then, God had a plan to reach all the nations.

Jeremiah was called to preach a very powerful word. God’s word has power…power to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.  It is because God’s word is truth. God’s word calls people to repent and turn to him. It plants hope in the hearts of the people. Through his word, God helps individuals and nations to be transformed. That is why many autocratic nations persecute Christians. They seek to suppress the church and the preaching of the Gospel. It is because the Gospel plants “dangerous” ideas in the hearts of the people, ideas that will uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow regimes. We see it happening around the world. The Gospel has power to transform nations for the good. Think about the fall of apartheid in South Africa and the rebuilding of Rwanda, to name a couple of examples. What a privilege it is to be called to be a preacher of such powerful words.

God has called me, an ordinary Christian, to propagate his Gospel to the nations. I have no power on my own. I am an unlikely candidate to be a preacher of the Gospel. But God, by his grace saw fit to call me. He who called me is faithful to transform and fit me for service. I trust that and embrace his call with full confidence in Christ.

Part 2. God Will Make Sure We Stand As His Servants (11-19)

Verses 11-19, “11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. 12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” 13 The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?” “I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”14 The Lord said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. 15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the Lord. “Their kings will come and set up their thrones in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls and against all the towns of Judah. 16 I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made. 17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

God gives glimpses of the coming judgement to Jeremiah. Look at verses 11-14. The vision of the branch of an almond tree revealed the beginning of God’s judgement because the almond tree is among the first to blossom in the spring, God saw the sins of Judah and the nations. God is awake and watching. The boiling pot tilted away from the north and spilling over Judah pictured Babylon delivering God’s scalding judgment against Jeremiah’s own people. God would carry it out swiftly and with certainty.

This upcoming invasion was not because of God’s doing, it was because of the peoples’ sins. Look at verse 16, “I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made.” It was because of their unrepentant sins. The people of Judah continued to burn incense to and worship other gods. God had commanded them not to do this. (Exodus 20:3-6.) These acts places created things in the place of God. It led people away from the Lord. They were God’s own people, and yet they chose to follow false gods. God was bearing with them for centuries. But they did not change. Now the whole society was corrupted, from the priest and king on down. The people brought it on themselves.

What a difficult message to preach! Jeremiah was to tell the people that judgement was coming and the judgement was because of their unrepentant sins. That is a very hard pill for the people to swallow. How could they accept such a hard word? They didn’t. For decades they rejected Jeremiah’s words and persecuted him. Maybe Jeremiah was catching a glimpse of how hard the mission was that he was called to serve. He was wondering how he, a son of a priest could ever withstand the scorching blast of persecution that was coming his way.

Yes, Jeremiah must stand alone against kings and false prophets. But God would be with him. Look at verses 17-19, “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.” Jeremiah would have to ready himself, ready himself with faith in God, ready himself to speak the words that God would give him. Ready himself to face persecution while standing firm in God. God would protect him and by God’s grace he would be the one who could not be overcome.

There is a similar promise given by Jesus to his disciples when they are persecuted. Matthew 10:9 reads, “9 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”  God was giving the same grace to Jeremiah. The same grace is extended to us also as we serve Jesus.

The problems we face as servants of God may not be as ominous as Jeremiah’s but they are just as critical and about to overwhelm us. God’s promise to us is that nothing can defeats us. Jesus will help us through the most agonizing problems, such as fear and persecutions and the like. He will give us the words to speak. God will be with us, strengthen us and see us through so that he may be glorified.

Prayer: “Lord, I know that I am underqualified to be your servant. But I embrace your call and trust that you will see me through it all for your glory”

One Word:  God enables us to stand up as his servants to preach his word.

Jeremiah 52:1-34: God Blesses Humble Submission To His Will-7-2-18

God Blesses Humble Submission To His Will

Jeremiah 52:1-34                           Kevin E. Jesmer

Key Verse: 52:27b                          7-2-18

“….So Judah went into captivity, away from her land.” (27b)

Dear Lord heavenly Father. Thank you for leading me through the Book of Jeremiah. It has been a dream of mine. Please help me to accept your word in this last chapter of this book. I thank you and pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Part 1: The Foolishness of Resisting The Lord (1-30)

Verses 1-30, “Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as Jehoiakim had done. 3 It was because of the Lord’s anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence. Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. 4 So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. They encamped outside the city and built siege works all around it. 5 The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 6 By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat. 7 Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled. They left the city at night through the gate between the two walls near the king’s garden, though the Babylonians were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah, 8 but the Babylonian army pursued King Zedekiah and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered, 9 and he was captured. He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him. 10 There at Riblah the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes; he also killed all the officials of Judah. 11 Then he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death. 12 On the tenth day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 13 He set fire to the temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down. 14 The whole Babylonian army, under the commander of the imperial guard, broke down all the walls around Jerusalem. 15 Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmen and those who had deserted to the king of Babylon. 16 But Nebuzaradan left behind the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields. 17 The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars, the movable stands and the bronze Sea that were at the temple of the Lord and they carried all the bronze to Babylon. 18 They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service. 19 The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers, sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands, dishes and bowls used for drink offerings—all that were made of pure gold or silver. 20 The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the Lord, was more than could be weighed. 21 Each pillar was eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference; each was four fingers thick, and hollow. 22 The bronze capital on top of one pillar was five cubits high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its pomegranates, was similar. 23 There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; the total number of pomegranates above the surrounding network was a hundred. 24 The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah the chief priest, Zephaniah the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers. 25 Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and seven royal advisers. He also took the secretary who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land, sixty of whom were found in the city. 26 Nebuzaradan the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 27 There at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed. So Judah went into captivity, away from her land. 28 This is the number of the people Nebuchadnezzar carried into exile: in the seventh year, 3,023 Jews; 29 in Nebuchadnezzar’s eighteenth year, 832 people from Jerusalem; 30 in his twenty-third year, 745 Jews taken into exile by Nebuzaradan the commander of the imperial guard. There were 4,600 people in all.”

Just as Jeremiah had predicted, Jerusalem fell. (See 2 Ki 24,25 & Jer 39 for a full account.) King Zedekiah ignored God’s servant’s warning and acted in his own way. He was very proud to ignore God’s warnings. He was 21 years old when he was crowned king and he was 32 when he was taken into captivity.  He was young and thought that he knew better than even God.

There is something about the ages twenty-one to thirty-two for men. If a person does not know Jesus and his grace then we become very proud and assume that we know everything. We think that we know best. I was exactly like that. There are times when I fall into that way of thinking still. If it was not for the grace of God, I would remain in my false human pride that is always prone to disobey the Lord.

We can see the results of disobedience to God. God had been warning King Zedekiah to submit to Babylonians and go into exile. He repeatedly refused. He also discouraged all those around him to disobey the Lord. He was so hard hearted and foolish. When the siege was ending and the Babylonians were about to enter Jerusalem, he and a company of leaders escaped through a hole in the wall and fled into the desert. But they could not escape the consequences of their sin. The Babylonians caught them and they suffered unimaginably. The king suffered the most. He brought down the wrath of the Babylonians on his people and on himself. The temple of the Lord was desecrated and robbed, Zedekiah’s sons were killed before his eyes, then his eyes were put out; Judah went into captivity away from her land (27b).

God allowed the Babylonians to destroy the temple and the furnishings. There were many in Judah who felt that God would never allow them to do that. They were convinced that God would protect Jerusalem and especially the Temple from the Babylonians. But they were wrong. God is not bound upholding any earthly religious symbols. He will uphold his glory and his kingdom will grow endlessly, but the buildings and holy sites will not last forever. I am sure that there were many in the old world who were shocked when St Sophia in Istanbul was converted to a mosque. There were many people shocked when the great cathedrals in Europe emptied out and became museums. Some became mosques. Some were destroyed in the world wars.

But there is one thing for certain…God is always God. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. His kingdom is forever growing and expanding. No force can stop that nor threaten its growth. The Rock, that is Jesus, is what we stand on. The eternal kingdom of God is what we are citizens of. We are not standing on the rock of a denomination, a building nor any other human, religious structure.

Part 2: Jehoiachin Was Blessed For His Submission (31-34)

Verse 31-34, “31 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Awel-Marduk became king of Babylon, on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah and freed him from prison. 32 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon. 33 So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table. 34 Day by day the king of Babylon gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived, till the day of his death.”

Jehoiachin had been taken to Babylon in an earlier invasion. Zedekiah had been appointed king in his place. Look at the account of his exile in 2 Kings 24:8-17,

“8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother’s name was Nehushta daughter of Elnathan; she was from Jerusalem. 9 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father had done. 10 At that time the officers of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem and laid siege to it, 11 and Nebuchadnezzar himself came up to the city while his officers were besieging it. 12 Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his attendants, his nobles and his officials all surrendered to him. In the eighth year of the reign of the king of Babylon, he took Jehoiachin prisoner. 13 As the Lord had declared, Nebuchadnezzar removed the treasures from the temple of the Lord and from the royal palace, and cut up the gold articles that Solomon king of Israel had made for the temple of the Lord. 14 He carried all Jerusalem into exile: all the officers and fighting men, and all the skilled workers and artisans—a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest people of the land were left. 15 Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king’s mother, his wives, his officials and the prominent people of the land. 16 The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon the entire force of seven thousand fighting men, strong and fit for war, and a thousand skilled workers and artisans. 17 He made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.”  (NIV)

After the fall of Jerusalem, Jehoiachin was released from prison. He was treated kindly. He was treated in this way because he obeyed God’s direction through Jeremiah, to submit to the Babylonians. He could have broken through the walls of Jerusalem and tried to escape into the desert just like Zedekiah did. But he did not. He chose to submit.

He was taken into exile, after the first invasion by Babylon. It was not easy for him. He was imprisoned. He saw the defeat of his nation and his people. He was displaced and had an uncertain future.  But eventually he was released from prison and ate at the table of the King of Babylon.

Some people would say that Jehoiachin eating at the king’s table was demeaning and some added disgrace to him. But I don’t think so. It was a privilege to be invited to the table of a king and dine with his court officials daily. The son of King David’s friend Jonathan was invited to eat at his table. We are invited to eat at the feast of heaven. It was one of the only ways that God could reward his submission to God’s will. The people needed to go into exile. The Babylonian captivity lasted 70 years (Da 9:2; Jer 29:10).  What else could God reward him with? The invite to eat at the king’s table was indeed a blessing.

The fact that Jehoiachin was invited to eat at the King’s table is a fitting ending of the Book of Jeremiah. The people suffered greatly because if their sins, but God was still with them. He still loved his people. He was drawing them to himself. One day we will be invited to eat at our eternal King’s table in heaven. We get a taste of this heavenly feast even now. We, who were formally enemies would sup at the King’s banquet by the grace of God. Luke 14:15 reads, “When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” (NIV). It is indeed a blessing. It is blessing given to us by God.

Prayer: “Lord, you are a God who rewards faith. You reward humble submission to your will. Help me to submit my heart, mind and soul to you in faith.”

One Word: God still loves his people, even when things seem desperate.

Peter Robideau and Julia (Jesmer) Robideau. The sister of Joseph A. Jesmer

Peter Robideau and Julia (Jesmer) Robideau

Jesmer family history page

Joseph Jesmer and Julia (Plamondon) Jesmer page. Julia’s parents. 

Link to Joseph A. Jesmer, Julia’s brother. 

Julia Jesmer was the daughter of Joseph Jasmin and Julia Plamondon.  She was the sister of my Great-Great grandfather, Joseph A. Jesmer. She was the wife of Peter Robideau. 1830–1905 (m. 1852) They were married on August 2, 1852 in Hogansburg New York. Peger Robideau: Birth. 12 Nov 1830 . Death. 4 Apr 1905 (aged 74)  Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, USA. Burial. Greenbush Catholic Cemetery.

Hogansburg, Franklin County, New York, USA

Her birthdate: 1833, near Hogansburg Upper State New York. Death: 1926 (age 93) .  She was buried in Greenbush Catholic Cemetery

Memorial ID 45617681 · View Source

https://www.geni.com/people/Julia-Jesmer/6000000019106400526

Joseph and Julia had 14 children.  8 baptismal records have been found.  Julia Jesmer’s baptismal record has yet to be unearthed.  The baptismal records were all at the St. Regis Catholic Church.  The St. Regis Church was the local church, a mission church for the Akwesasne Mohawk people on the St. Regis reservation.

https://sites.google.com/site/mercierbeaucoup/Home/greenbush

Some of Julia’s children are:  Peter Sidney Robideau;  Elizabeth Robideau; Marceline Robideau; Marguerite “Hattie” Robideau; Christine Robideau; John Robideau; Edith Robideau; Nelson Robideau; Melvina Rebecca Robideau; Frank Herbert Robideau; Earnest Edward Robideau

This was info from an 1872 Census. From it many of the years that Julia’s kids were calculated.

1854: Age 18; Birth of Christine Robideau

1854: Age 18. Birth of Elizabeth Robideau

  1. Age 21 Birth of Marceline Robideau
  2. March 27, 1858. Age 22 Birth of Peter Sidney Robideau

New York, New York, United States

  1. Age 25. Birth of John Robideau
  2. Age 30. Birth of Edith Robideau
  3. February 1868. Age 32. Birth of Nelson Robideau
  4. Age 33. Birth of Melvina Robideau

June 2, 1887 Birth of Marguerite “Hattie” Robideau

Greenbush, Roseau, Minnesota, United States

https://www.geni.com/people/Julia-Jesmer/6000000019106400526

The picture of Julia’s house was taken on 1903.

“Peter Robideau & Julia Jesmer home, 1903

This is the Peter Robideau & Julia Jesmer home. This picture is from the Elaine (Fairchild) Carroll collection. Elaine is the granddaughter of Malvina (Robideau) Bates. Her mother was Essie (Bates) Fairchild, the oldest of Malvina’s 5 children. The caption on the picture from Essie states that the picture was taken on the day of Malvina’s funeral, dating the image to 1903.

This picture is odd to me, as the placement of the people around the yard is so disconnected. Peter is at the far left, Julia is in the foreground. I am not sure who is at the door, or in the doorway.”

OBITUARY of Peter Robideau

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45617612/peter-robideau

Peter Robideau, ripe in age and having the good will and esteem of those in the community where he has resided for many long years, passed away at his home in Princeton at five o’clock Tuesday afternoon, April 4th, aged seventy-four years. One month before his death he met with a runaway accident of a severe nature and spent two weeks at the hospital, but feeling that death would come he wished to be removed to his home where he might die with his family

about him. The members of the family living at a distance were notified of the serious illness of Mr. Robideau and besides those living in Princeton and vicinity the following were present when death came: Miss Libbie Robideau of Denver, Colorado Mrs. Amos Robidou of Bismarck, N. D.; Mr. and Mrs. Gogacki, Mr. and Mrs. Asselin, and Mrs. J. G. Craig of Minneapolis, Peter S. Robideau. Jr., of Cass Lake, Minn. Harry Bates of Bruno, Minn., Mrs. Geo. Mercier of Rochester, Minn. Mrs. Albert Dilley of Bemidji, Minn., and Ernest E. Robideau of Portland, Oregon. Nelson and Frank who reside in Princeton were with their father during his illness.

Mr. Robideau called all the members of the family to his bedside the day before he died and conversed with them on many personal matters and at last bid them all goodby [sic] and when he had finished he had passed away. Although a sad death it was a most beautiful one. With children, relatives and friends kneeling by his bedside he departed as Father Levings in the last prayer recommended the soul of the dying into the hands of ‘God the Father Almighty who created him, Jesus Christ who suffered for him and the Holy Ghost who Sanctified him.’

The funeral was held today at St. Edward’s church in Princeton. Father Levings said requiem high mass at ten o’clock and after the solemn ceremony for the departed the funeral cortege which was a large one started for St. Francis cemetery in Greenbush where Mr. Robideau had requested to be buried beside his father and daughter Vina. Mr. Robideau leaves a wife, and twelve children, one brother, four sisters and fifty grandchildren

Peter Robideau was born in Hogansburg, Franklin county, N. ,Y., Nov. 12, 1830. At an early age he engaged as a sailor on the lakes and St. Lawrence river. He became a captain and owned a boat of his own and was engaged for seventeen years in rafting and steam boating on the St. Lawrence. He was married to Miss Julia Jesmer Aug. 2, 1852, and in 1868 he came west with his family and located in the town of Greenbush where he bought of Joseph Trickey eighty acres of land and in later years bought an additional eighty acres, making him a good home and he had one of the best farms in Greenbush. In 1896 he retired from farming and spent the the last years of his life quite free from the cares and responsibilities of active work. He was a man who possessed a jovial nature and disposition and always made those happy about him. He spent much time visiting the members of his family and relatives in many parts of the country. It was just a year ago this month that he erected his home in Princeton where he intended to spend his last days and after his injury it was very natural that he longed to be at home and pass away in the presence of his family whose company he so much loved.

Peter Robideau will long be remembered as one of the early pioneers of the town of Greenbush whose sunny, cheerful nature made him so well known throughout the town where he had lived for so many years.

Princeton UNION April 6, 1905

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Jeremiah 51:1-32. The Lord Is Our Everlasting Portion. He Is The One We Trust

 The Lord Is Our Everlasting Portion. He Is The One We Trust

Jeremiah 51:1-32                                          Kevin E. Jesmer

Key verse 51:19                                                   6-19-18

“He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including the people of his inheritance—the Lord Almighty is his name.” (19)

      Dear Lord, I come to you today to meditate on your words. It is so hard to do this. We all think that we are so busy and have no time. We think that everything takes precedent over study of your words. I fall into this way of thinking. Help me to put knowing you and your words as top priority in my life. Teach me something deeply through this passage I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Part 1.  God Holds All Nations To Account (1-10)

Verses 1-10, “Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will stir up the spirit of a destroyer against Babylon, against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai, 2 and I will send to Babylon winnowers, and they shall winnow her, and they shall empty her land, when they come against her from every side on the day of trouble.3 Let not the archer bend his bow and let him not stand up in his armor. Spare not her young men; devote to destruction all her army. 4 They shall fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans and wounded in her streets. 5 For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the Lord of hosts, but the land of the Chaldeans is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel. 6 “Flee from the midst of Babylon; let everyone save his life! Be not cut off in her punishment, for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance, the repayment he is rendering her.7 Babylon was a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, making all the earth drunken; the nations drank of her wine; therefore, the nations went mad. 8 Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; wail for her! Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed. 9 We would have healed Babylon, but she was not healed. Forsake her, and let us go each to his own country, for her judgment has reached up to heaven and has been lifted up even to the skies. 10 The Lord has brought about our vindication; come, let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our God.”

This seems very strange that God would punish the very nation that he sent to be his instrument of judgement on the people of Judah. The Babylonians were sent to deliver a blow to the unrepentant people of Judah and take them into exile. But, now God was calling Babylon to task and condemning them for their sins that they committed. In Jeremiah the people of Judah did deserve to be invaded by Babylon. They did deserve to go into exile to Babylon. But they did not deserve some of the evil and barbaric practices of the Babylonians.

And so, Jeremiah continued to prophesy about the fate of Babylon. Babylon had committed many sins towards all the nations in the region. They were cruel and led the nations astray with their idols. They caused immeasurable suffering. People felt that there was no end to their tyranny. But God tells them that Babylon will completely fall. The Lord will vindicate his people. They will rejoice over what God has done.

We can learn here that God calls all nations accountable for their sins, no matter if they have been called to serve a godly purpose or not. Think about it this way. The Nazi’s in WWll were doing some horrible things to the people. They were very evil. God raised up the Allies to defeat them and bring a stop to their reign of terror. The Allies were serving God’s purpose. But that did not give the Allies a right to inflict evil sufferings on the people that they liberated. They had a mandate to treat the people justly and help the survivors to build up their lives and their nations. And that is what the Marshall Plan set out to do. If they took advantage of the people then they would have to answer to God’s judgement.

The same principle is when a person tries to arrest someone. Yes, a person can arrest another person. If the person is a doing a criminal act then the arrest is a just act. But if the arrestor abuses his power and uses excessive force in the arrest then that is not a just act and the arrestor can face charges for using excessive force. God holds everyone to account. God’s justice will be upheld across the board.

For me this means that even though I am a child of God and am called to serve, I still must seek to please the Lord in all that I do. I am called to treat people with kindness and compassion and live as an ambassador of Christ.

God did not forsake his people. God was still watching out for them. His people may not have agreed with this at the time. They might have been convinced that God had abandoned them and was treating them unjustly. But that was not true. Verse 5 reads, “For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the Lord of hosts, but the land of the Chaldeans is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel.”  God never abandons his people. He may train and discipline his people so that they may grow in faith and be sanctified, but he never abandons them. He is their God all the time. A portion of the people of Judah would return to Jerusalem to rebuild their nation. Their descendants would testify that God did not forsake them and was with them.

Part 2:  The Portion of Jacob Brings Victory (11-32)

Verses 11-32, “Sharpen the arrows! Take up the shields! The Lord has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because his purpose concerning Babylon is to destroy it, for that is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance for his temple.12 “Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon; make the watch strong; set up watchmen; prepare the ambushes; for the Lord has both planned and done what he spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon. 13 O you who dwell by many waters, rich in treasures, your end has come; the thread of your life is cut. 14 The Lord of hosts has sworn by himself: Surely, I will fill you with men, as many as locusts, and they shall raise the shout of victory over you. 15 “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. 16 When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses. 17 Every man is stupid and without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, for his images are false, and there is no breath in them. 18 They are worthless, a work of delusion; at the time of their punishment they shall perish. 19 Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the Lord of hosts is his name. 20 “You are my hammer and weapon of war: with you I break nations in pieces; with you I destroy kingdoms; 21 with you I break in pieces the horse and his rider;  with you I break in pieces the chariot and the charioteer; 22 with you I break in pieces man and woman; with you I break in pieces the old man and the youth;  with you I break in pieces the young man and the young woman; 23  with you I break in pieces the shepherd and his flock;  with you I break in pieces the farmer and his team; with you I break in pieces governors and commanders.24 “I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, declares the Lord. 25 “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, declares the Lord, which destroys the whole earth; I will stretch out my hand against you, and roll you down from the crags, and make you a burnt mountain. 26 No stone shall be taken from you for a corner and no stone for a foundation, but you shall be a perpetual waste, declares the Lord. 27 “Set up a standard on the earth; blow the trumpet among the nations; prepare the nations for war against her; summon against her the kingdoms, Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz; appoint a marshal against her; bring up horses like bristling locusts. 28 Prepare the nations for war against her, the kings of the Medes, with their governors and deputies, and every land under their dominion. 29 The land trembles and writhes in pain, for the Lord’s purposes against Babylon stand, to make the land of Babylon a desolation, without inhabitant. 30 The warriors of Babylon have ceased fighting; they remain in their strongholds; their strength has failed; they have become women; her dwellings are on fire; her bars are broken. 31 One runner runs to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to tell the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every side; 32 the fords have been seized, the marshes are burned with fire, and the soldiers are in panic.”

In this passage we are blessed to discover so many wonderful aspects of God. God is a God of justice.  We already talked about how the Babylonians will have to answer to God for their evil ways. We also learned that God does not forsake his people, though their present conditions may make them think otherwise.

Now it times to ponder more about who our God is. God could defeat the Babylonians because of who He is. He is the Creator, the Maker of all things, even the Maker of his people. He is the Lord Almighty. He reveals idols as frauds as he carries out his justice. Though all people are senseless and without knowledge, He leads his people by His wisdom and strength and on to victory in Him.

Let’s think about each section. First, verse 11 reads, “Sharpen the arrows! Take up the shields! The Lord has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because his purpose concerning Babylon is to destroy it, for that is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance for his temple.” And verse 12b: “….for the Lord has both planned and done what he spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.”

Here we learn about the sovereign power of God. He is the one who stirred up the spirit of the king of the Medes. His purpose concerning Babylon is fulfilled. God’s purposes will surely be fulfilled for he is the all-powerful sovereign Lord. For me this means that I can trust what God is doing in the world. The whole Palestine/Israel issue seems overwhelming. The only way to approach the whole thing is with faith in the sovereign power of God to work out his will. The whole school shooting issue in the USA is sickening. But I could have some peace knowing that the Sovereign Lord is in control, though I may not understand everything that is going on. The challenges of being a missionary is overwhelming. But missionaries can have peace and inner strength trusting in the sovereign power of the almighty Creator who is with them.

    God is the highest authority. Verse 14 reads:  “The Lord of hosts has sworn by himself: Surely, I will fill you with men, as many as locusts, and they shall raise the shout of victory over you.”

      God is the all-powerful Creator. He established the earth by his wisdom. He controls nature. Verse 15:It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. 16 When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.”

     God is the inheritance of his people. Look at verse 19: “Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the Lord of hosts is his name.” God is our inheritance and our everlasting portion. He is worth more than inheriting several hundred thousand dollars and a house and an old car. He is our Portion and inheritance.

     God’s purposes stand. Look at verse 29: “The land trembles and writhes in pain, for the Lord’s purposes against Babylon stand,” He has his will. He is powerful and almighty. Of course, his purposes’ stand. What can weak human beings do to thwart God’s plan?

Prayer: “Lord, I know you are my God. Thank you for not forsaking me and being with me. Thank you for being my everlasting portion. I can stand up and walk in this world because of your love, grace and power that you freely pour out on those who have faith in you.”

One Word: The Lord Almighty is his name. We trust in you Lord. We rejoice in your grace.

Jeremiah 50:1-46. By God’s Power And Forgiveness His People Are Freed.

By God’s Power And Forgiveness His People Are Freed

Jeremiah 50:1-46                            Kevin E. Jesmer

Key Verse: 50:34                             6-18-18

“Yet their Redeemer is strong; the Lord Almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon.”

Dear Lord Jesus, help me to understand this passage. Help me to see you in this passage. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Part 1: God Is Faithful To Bring His People Near (1-17)

Verses 1-17, “This is the word the Lord spoke through Jeremiah the prophet concerning Babylon and the land of the Babylonians: 2 “Announce and proclaim among the nations, lift up a banner and proclaim it; keep nothing back, but say,‘Babylon will be captured; Bel will be put to shame, Marduk filled with terror. Her images will be put to shame and her idols filled with terror.’3 A nation from the north will attack her and lay waste her land. No one will live in it; both people and animals will flee away.4 “In those days, at that time,” declares the Lord, “the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the Lord their God. 5 They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces toward it. They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten. 6 “My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.7 Whoever found them devoured them; their enemies said, ‘We are not guilty, for they sinned against the Lord, their verdant pasture, the Lord, the hope of their ancestors.’8 “Flee out of Babylon; leave the land of the Babylonians, and be like the goats that lead the flock.9 For I will stir up and bring against Babylon an alliance of great nations from the land of the north. They will take up their positions against her, and from the north she will be captured. Their arrows will be like skilled warriors who do not return empty-handed.10 So Babylonia will be plundered; all who plunder her will have their fill,” declares the Lord. 11 “Because you rejoice and are glad, you who pillage my inheritance, because you frolic like a heifer threshing grain and neigh like stallions, 12 your mother will be greatly ashamed; she who gave you birth will be disgraced. She will be the least of the nations— a wilderness, a dry land, a desert. 13 Because of the Lord’s anger she will not be inhabited but will be completely desolate. All who pass Babylon will be appalled; they will scoff because of all her wounds. 14 “Take up your positions around Babylon, all you who draw the bow.  Shoot at her! Spare no arrows, for she has sinned against the Lord. 15 Shout against her on every side!  She surrenders, her towers fall, her walls are torn down. Since this is the vengeance of the Lord, take vengeance on her; do to her as she has done to others.16 Cut off from Babylon the sower, and the reaper with his sickle at harvest. Because of the sword of the oppressor let everyone return to their own people, let everyone flee to their own land. 17 “Israel is a scattered flock that lions have chased away. The first to devour them was the king of Assyria; the last to crush their bones was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.”

Jeremiah had prophesied concerning the Babylonian conquest of all the nations around Israel, as well as the invasion of Judah and the fall of Jerusalem and the exile of the Jews. Babylon was God’s instrument of judgment. Through the armies of Babylon, the nations would receive judgement for their sins and the people of Israel would receive God’s divine discipline so that some of them could turn their hearts back to God. And so God’s working through Babylon had a redemptive purpose for his people, Israel.

Even though Babylon was being used by God, it didn’t mean that they were exempt from God’s judgement. Babylon was very evil. Her people worshiped Bel and Marduk. They treated the people they conquered very cruelly.  Look at verse 11, “Because you rejoice and are glad, you who pillage my inheritance, because you frolic like a heifer threshing grain and neigh like stallions,”. They rejoiced and were glad at the suffering of the God’s people. Though their judgement was due them, for the sins they had done, it was by no means license for the Babylonians to gloat over them in their suffering.

They also overly caused the people of the land to suffer. Look at verse 15b, “…Since this is the vengeance of the Lord, take vengeance on her; do to her as she has done to others.” They were given a job to do, that was to invade Judah and take some captives. But they over did it. Their hand was too heavy and cruel. Because of this also they would be judged.

Think about it this way…the police are called to make sure that justice prevails in the land. They have power to arrest people and apply force if needed. But they are not allowed to act unjustly. They must not use excessive force. They must not apply force without due cause. If they do, then they will be subject to the law and could be prosecuted. God wants his people to act justly and be compassionate and merciful reflecting his character.

God would punish them in his own time. A nation from the north, the Medo-Persian Empire, would conquer Babylon. At this time the Medo-Persian, led by Cyrus would be God’s instrument of judgement against Babylon. Once he conquered Babylon, Cyrus would issue a proclamation that the Israelites would be set free to return to their homeland and worship God as they wished. This is how verse 16b was accomplished, “…let everyone return to their own people, let everyone flee to their own land.”

The people of Judah living in Babylonian captivity would go home with tears of repentance. Let’s read verses 4-5 together, “In those days, at that time,” declares the Lord, “the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the Lord their God. 5 They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces toward it. They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.” (4,5) God worked in the hearts of his people through the exile. Their hardened hearts would melt. They would be so repentant that tears would flow. They would be inspired to seek after the Lord. They were ready to make a new beginning with the Lord. The people, who had long disobeyed God, would be asking the way to Zion…the way to meet God. They would willingly submit themselves to God. God would bring them into a covenant relationship with himself. It would be an everlasting covenant.

God is very wise. He knew exactly what it would take to for his people to turn their hearts and he fulfilled this plan. It took over 70 years, along with hundreds of years of patience and pleading with his people. But God did it. We can trust God that he will bring his people near to his heart. Praise the Lord.

God knows what it will take to get the hearts of the people of our nation to turn. He knows what it will take to get any one person’s heart to turn to him. It may require decades of “hard living” before a person turns their hearts to Jesus. God is patient and wise and he will work through any avenue that he can to get the hearts of his people to return back to him in repentance and faith. He is stronger than our own sin and unbelief.

Part 2. Our God Is A Strong Redeemer For His People (18-46)

Verses 18-46, “8 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “I will punish the king of Babylon and his land as I punished the king of Assyria. 19 But I will bring Israel back to their own pasture, and they will graze on Carmel and Bashan; their appetite will be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead. 20 In those days, at that time,” declares the Lord, “ search will be made for Israel’s guilt,  but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare.

21 “Attack the land of Merathaim and those who live in Pekod.  Pursue, kill and completely destroy them,” declares the Lord. “Do everything I have commanded you. 22 The noise of battle is in the land, the noise of great destruction! 23 How broken and shattered is the hammer of the whole earth! How desolate is Babylon among the nations! 24 I set a trap for you, Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it; you were found and captured because you opposed the Lord. 25 The Lord has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons of his wrath, for the Sovereign Lord Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians. 26 Come against her from afar. Break open her granaries; pile her up like heaps of grain. Completely destroy her and leave her no remnant. 27 Kill all her young bulls; let them go down to the slaughter! Woe to them! For their day has come, the time for them to be punished.28 Listen to the fugitives and refugees from Babylon declaring in Zion how the Lord our God has taken vengeance, vengeance for his temple.

29 “Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow. Encamp all around her; let no one escape. Repay her for her deeds; do to her as she has done. For she has defied the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. 30 Therefore, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,” declares the Lord. 31 “See, I am against you, you arrogant one,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty, “for your day has come, the time for you to be punished. 32 The arrogant one will stumble and fall and no one will help her up; I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her.”

33 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go. 34 Yet their Redeemer is strong; the Lord Almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon.

35 “A sword against the Babylonians!”  declares the Lord— “against those who live in Babylon and against her officials and wise men! 36 A sword against her false prophets!  They will become fools. A sword against her warriors! They will be filled with terror. 37 A sword against her horses and chariots and all the foreigners in her ranks! They will become weaklings. A sword against her treasures!  They will be plundered. 38 A drought on her waters! They will dry up. For it is a land of idols, idols that will go mad with terror. 39 “So desert creatures and hyenas will live there, and there the owl will dwell. It will never again be inhabited  or lived in from generation to generation. 40 As I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah along with their neighboring towns,” declares the Lord, “so no one will live there; no people will dwell in it.

41 “Look! An army is coming from the north; a great nation and many kings are being stirred up from the ends of the earth. 42 They are armed with bows and spears; they are cruel and without mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation to attack you, Daughter Babylon. 43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped him, pain like that of a woman in labor. 44 Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets to a rich pastureland, I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?”45 Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Babylon, what he has purposed against the land of the Babylonians: The young of the flock will be dragged away; their pasture will be appalled at their fate .46 At the sound of Babylon’s capture the earth will tremble; its cry will resound among the nations.

God would redeem his people by his power and by his grace of forgiveness.

Our God is a Strong redeemer. There is no way that the Israelites could ever be set free from exile in Babylon. But God made it happen. He raised up the Persians and King Cyrus and set them free. Now that is strength. Our God is a strong redeemer.

     The Lord Almighty, the strong Redeemer of Israel, would forgive and restore the remnant of his people Look at verses 19-20. “But I will bring Israel back to their own pasture, and they will graze on Carmel and Bashan; their appetite will be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead. 20 In those days, at that time,” declares the Lord, “search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare.”

Their forgiveness was given to them by God himself. It was not because of anything they did. They were doing the wrong things, if you remember, in almost every previous chapter in Jeremiah. They were forgiven because God chose to forgive them. They endured their punishment and divine discipline because of their sin. The seventy years of captivity was over. It was time to accept God’s complete forgiveness and make plans to return to Judah and Jerusalem.

To experience true deliverance and transformation in Christ, we need to know the grace of his forgiveness. When we realize that we have been totally forgiven by God then something supernatural happens. We are changed. God’s power and love literally changes us from the inside out. We become children of God.

     The Lord Almighty would give them rest. Look at verses 33-34, “33 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go. 34 Yet their Redeemer is strong; the Lord Almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon.” The Lord is strong. He defends their cause. God is the Almighty Creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the sovereign Lord over all creation. If he chooses to defend the cause of his people then they are defended. He chooses to defend his people because he has forgiven his people. On the basis of his forgiveness and his sovereignty, they will find rest in their land. Only Christ can offer this rest to his people.

The rest for God’s people is also accomplished by God’s complete forgiveness. There would be no guilt to found. If there was no guilt then they would have entered into a right relationship with the holy God. If the Holy Almighty God completely forgives a person, who is to say anything to the contrary. It is done.

God spoke differently about the nations that were not his people. Some would be crushed, never to rise again. Some would be crushed but be allowed to rebuild themselves as a people.  The arrogant Babylonians would be crushed (31,32). But to his people, the Israelites, he spoke with words of love and hope. He would help them to be reestablished as a people of God.

The Gospel is written all over this chapter. Before meeting Jesus, people are enslaved by their sin. The power of sin and the devil keep them captive, in exile from God. But Jesus, through his death and resurrection set the captives free. He destroyed the power of death and the devil and set the captives free. His death brings complete forgiveness for any who believe. They become children of God. They enter into an eternal relationship with God through the Gospel. They have eternal life. They also have rest in their souls. They have hope and assurance because Jesus is their Redeemer and King. They are set apart from the people of this world because they are children of God. They are being led back to God and will spend eternity life in God’s kingdom. This is what that Gospel is all about. It is good news.

Prayer: Almighty Lord God, I can see how plan unfolded and how you brought your people back to you. You are wise, powerful and compassionate. You grace is poured out on your people. Thank you, Lord.

One Word: Our God Is a forgiving strong Redeemer.