Dear Church Family,
Sometimes we’re tempted to ignore warnings, but doing so can often have huge consequences. If you’ve ever seen the check engine light on your car come on, you know that sometimes it’s next to nothing, but sometimes it’s something serious.
In Jeremiah 41, King Zedekiah experiences the consequences of not taking a warning seriously. In the previous chapter he had been warned of a threat on his life.
Jeremiah 40:13-16 (ESV)
Now Johanan the son of Kareah and all the leaders of the forces in the open country came to Gedaliah at Mizpah 14 and said to him, “Do you know that Baalis the king of the Ammonites has sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to take your life?” But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam would not believe them. 15 Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke secretly to Gedaliah at Mizpah, “Please let me go and strike down Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no one will know it. Why should he take your life, so that all the Judeans who are gathered about you would be scattered, and the remnant of Judah would perish?” 16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said to Johanan the son of Kareah, “You shall not do this thing, for you are speaking falsely of Ishmael.”
Not every threat is real, but something like this should have been investigated. His lax attitude and surety of Johanan’s lies proved fatal:
Jeremiah 41:1-3 (ESV)
In the seventh month, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the royal family, one of the chief officers of the king, came with ten men to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, at Mizpah. As they ate bread together there at Mizpah, 2 Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the ten men with him rose up and struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, with the sword, and killed him, whom the king of Babylon had appointed governor in the land. 3 Ishmael also struck down all the Judeans who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah, and the Chaldean soldiers who happened to be there.
What warnings have you been ignoring? Is there something you should investigate or take more seriously?
Proverbs 15:32 (ESV)
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
What’s Happening at Gospel Life:
We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper as part of our Sunday morning service this Sunday, September 3rd
. Through the ordinance of communion, we remember the sacrifice Jesus made to save us from our sins.
Youth Group: We’re starting a new Bible study through the Book of Joshua this Sunday, September 3rd from 5-7 at the Bronleewes’ house. Join us for games, dinner, worship, and time in God’s Word. We’ll also have a reward for those who memorized their verse from last week.
Youth Group Meals: Each week we have a meal as part of youth group. Laura Stewart is going to start coordinating the meals. If you would be willing to contribute in any way, please contact her at 208-573-0688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Breakfast: Men and boys of all ages are invited to the Gerdes’ house for breakfast on Saturday, September 16th at 8 am. You can email Michael at Seedcollector@live.com if you need directions or have any questions. Please sign up if you’re planning on attending, so we can plan accordingly:
Elder Training: Our next elder training is scheduled for September 19th at 7 pm at the Bronleewes’ house. We’ll be studying through 1 Timothy 2. If you need a copy of the homework from last month, contact Pastor Dave.
Request Prayer: It’s important for us to be praying for each other as a church! If you ever need prayer, we would love to come alongside you. You can always turn in a prayer request on Sundays using the Connection Card, but you can also submit a prayer request online at any time:
Life Groups: Life Groups are an important way to connect and grow at Gospel Life. We have several exciting groups for men, women, or both. If you’re looking for a group to join, you can sign up below or stop by the Welcome Table on Sunday.
This Coming Sunday:
The Last Hours of the Cross – Join us on Sunday as we go through Mark 15:33-41 and witness Jesus’ final hours on the cross.
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