Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 5 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 37-38
Food for Thought: Jer. 38:1-13
Sometimes it is good to reflect on history’s heroes. It is unfortunate that often the heroes are forgotten, and an opportunity to inspire people to make decisions that impact lives by their example is lost. Ebed-Melech, the Ethiopian eunuch, is one such hero that does not get much attention.
His life could not have been a very pleasant one. For starters, he was made a eunuch at the hands of his captors. And the living conditions at the time were extremely difficult and stressful because of the siege on the city. His future and that of all the inhabitants was uncertain, to say the least. Yet, ignoring his own problems, Ebed-Melech took a great risk and spoke to the king about rescuing Jeremiah from the pit he was thrown in. He was the only one to show concern for the prophet Jeremiah, and because of him, Jeremiah was spared the horror of dying a very slow death of dehydration and starvation in the mire of the pit.
We all have opportunities to go against detrimental decisions made by leaders and societal pressures, and stand up for the defenseless. Though it may be at great personal cost, and we may never receive any accolades about it (as is the case of many true-life heroes), it is the right thing to do. “Love does not seek its own (I Cor. 13:5),” rather, it compels us to do what we can for suffering people. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Gal. 6:10).”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):