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devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Sunday, Dec 27, 2020

Ebed- Melech

Jeremiah 38:2 "Thus says the LORD, 'He who stays in this city will die by the sword and by famine and by pestilence, but he who goes out to the Chaldeans will live and have his own life as booty and stay alive.' 3"Thus says the LORD, 'This city will certainly be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon and he will capture it.'"


People love to listen to cozy and comfy stuff but they rebel against commandments, rules and instructions, are you listening? If somebody is giving some juicy prophecy, there is traffic jam there – fake or con men doesn’t matter – all people want is something cool; Jeremiah was facing much the same situation in the above scripture when he preached the truth (though unpopular) to the people to surrender to the Chaldeans and submit to their mercy because if they disobey and stay in the city, then the city will be burnt and they will be destroyed; however, none believed nor did they obey the word of God that came through Jeremiah.


All God wanted from His people is to TRUST Him but none had an iota of trust in their God.  Did you know anxiety hampers faith but trust boosts faith? When I walked into an Officer’s room in the year 2011 with my big file with all relevant documents for the running of our Abide School, I was filled with angst, fear, confusion and worry: “How would I handle this educational institution with no prior experience?  How will I go about this? – a million questions hammered my mind. Well, as I went through the grind, day in and day out with fasting and prayer , visiting the officials, various desks and a lot of running around – now, calmness and peace has come over me! Hurray! I don’t have to fret and fume, I don’t have to get frustrated and discouraged – God would bring it through! He did, we received Government recognition in the year 2015 in the whole district. Amen. You will be unique when you trust God! The Bible says, Isaiah 26:4”Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” Wow!


While the whole city despised prophet Jeremiah  and thought he was preaching discouraging news to the people at a time when they needed encouragement, so they threw him into a hole without water but one man believed the news that was preached by Jeremiah, his name was Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, a eunuch, while he was in the king's palace.  He boldly approached king Zedekiah and told him about the plight of Jeremiah and also said that if he is not saved now he would die of hunger and danger.  Zedekiah immediately said "Take thirty men from here under your authority and bring up Jeremiah the prophet from the cistern before he dies."  Jeremiah is finally saved and kept safe in the court itself.  The story is not over, when finally the city was captured by the enemies, God remembered Ebed-melech, He said: "For I will certainly rescue you, and you will not fall by the sword; but you will have your own life as booty, because you have trusted in Me," declares the LORD.'" TRUST GOD when you cannot trace Him!







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