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27/3 – We may be home-bound, but God's Word isn't

Jeremiah 32:1-5 ESV
[1] The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. [2] At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah. [3] For Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him, saying, "Why do you prophesy and say, 'Thus says the LORD: Behold, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall capture it; [4] Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face and see him eye to eye. [5] And he shall take Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall remain until I visit him, declares the LORD. Though you fight against the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed'?"

This passage tells us that Jeremiah was under house arrest for the Word of God that he was speaking. It says he was “shut up”, that he was “imprisoned”.

Why was he under house arrest? Because Jeremiah was telling the king of Israel a truth that he didn’t want to hear: ‘Jerusalem will be captured; Zedekiah, the King of Israel will be defeated by Babylon’. So Zedekiah had put Jeremiah in prison, as a way of “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18).

He thought that by putting Jeremiah in prison, that he was putting God’s Word in prison. He thought that as long as he doesn’t listen to God's Word, he doesn’t need to deal with it.

But what does the Scripture tell us? God’s Word CANNOT be bound!:

2 Timothy 2:8-9 ESV
[8] Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, [9] for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!

Zedekiah could bind the messenger of God’s Word, but he could not bind God’s Word — why? Because just as Jeremiah prophesied, so it came to pass, only a little while later:

Jeremiah 39:7 ESV
[7] He [king of Babylon] put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him in chains to take him to Babylon.

God’s word is not bound!

You may be feeling a lot like Jeremiah today. Yes, indeed, it feels like everyone in the world is ’grounded’ right now, under some kind of ‘house arrest’ — not by an evil king, but by an evil virus.

But let us take hope in this: we, the bearers of God’s Word, may be bound in our homes. But God’s Word is not bound. It CANNOT be bound. The Word of the Gospel cannot be ‘quarantined’. It cannot be ‘contained’. The Gospel is roaming free on the earth, even though we may not be. It knows no boundaries, no restrictions!

And just as the words of Jeremiah came to pass and finally defeated Zedekiah, the words of this Gospel will one day come to pass and defeat COVID-19, death, Satan and anything related to those things:

1 Corinthians 15:26 ESV
[26] The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV
[55] "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"
Revelation 21:4 ESV
[4] He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

So, knowing this truth, let us take this opportunity to proclaim the victory of God in His Gospel, whether it be via online or by whatever other means we have available.

As you have seen in the past few weeks, Christians alone have the message of lasting hope:

“On Christ the solid Rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand”!

Paul wrote 2 Timothy and other letters in prison, probably never imagining the ETERNAL impact that his words have had in the world and is having, up to this day. How many countless souls have his words, written in chains, saved and encouraged?

Likewise, what words you write (though they not be Scripture) to someone during these days of “house arrest” will have impact for generations to come, even to eternity? Who knows?

So, Let’s not waste this opportunity — for the Word of God is not bound!:

Ephesians 5:16 ESV
[16] making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Prayer Points:

- Pray that we will not try to suppress the truth of God's Word in unrighteousness. Pray that we will not think that as long as we don't listen to truth, that we don't need to deal with it. Pray for a humble heart to receive God's Word and repent, no matter how much it hurts.

- Pray that we will be encouraged in knowing that though we may be bound at home, that God's Word, the Gospel of Jesus, isn't.

- Pray that we will be encouraged in knowing that the Word of the Gospel will eventually defeat Satan, sin and death. That Christ and eternal life will reign supreme one day, once and for all.

- Pray that we will take this opportunity that we have in being home-bound to preach the Gospel somehow, especially via online, to put up a post, write to a loved one, to send a message of hope or encouragement, etc. That we will make the best of the opportunity, instead of worrying, being fearful.