Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 24:9 which says, “I will make them abhorrent and an offense to all the kingdoms of the earth, a reproach and a byword, an object of ridicule and cursing, wherever I banish them.”
Well first of all this verse is talking about king Zedekiah and his officials, and in the verses before He says that the Israelites would turn back to God! But the king Zedekiah and his officials would be abhorrent and an offense, like the verse says. And abhorrent just means: inspiring disgust or loathing. And this chapter is also talking about Jeremiah’s dream, which was that there was good figs and bad figs in a basket and king Zedekiah is a representative of the bad figs, just like how Judah is a representative of the good figs.
Anyway King Zedekiah is just like a perfect king who became abhorrent. His name is king Jesus! Let me tell you how king Jesus had this happen. Jesus came down from Heaven and was born of a virgin and He lived a perfect life. But the real way that Jesus had this happen was by dying on the cross. He was ridiculed, even though He was (and is) God’s son (and He was and is God because God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three in one) and it says that He was beaten so much that He didn’t even look like a man so that was probably disgusting so He was abhorred and the Bible says that who ever is hung on a tree is cursed,
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” (NIV Galatians 3:13)
In the ESV it says that “cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree” and Jesus was hung on a tree. But you may be asking the question “why did king Jesus die on a cross?” Well the answer is that He loved us so much that He died for our sins on the cross. So Jesus died for our sins on the cross so that we wouldn’t have to have God’s wrath on us,
For God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV John 3:16)
God loved us so much that He sent His son to die for our sins, thank you Jesus.
Are you trusting in king Jesus unconditional and loving sacrifice?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.