👉 Full disclosure? I almost didn’t post chapter 43 and just jumped to the next one because there “just wasn’t much there.” 😂 And – yes – I do see the obnoxious arrogance that would say, “Lord, I know that you saw the importance of these 13 verses but I’m not seeing it.” 😆
All that to say – if I don’t “get anything” from a passage – it’s ALWAYS a “me” problem. Sure, some passages are fuller and have more takeaways. But “all Scripture is God breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s “all” useful.
👉 So, a Bible study tip that I often use in my own study? Pause. Pray. Read it again.
👉 Azarías, Johanan, and all the insolent men:
accused Jeremiah of lying to them
did not obey the voice of the Lord
took all the people to Egypt
Now – what had the Lord told the people would happen if they went to Egypt? I’ll wait while you look at chapter 42 (or look in my previous post).
👉 The Lord did exactly what he said he would do. The consequences were exactly what he said they would be: famine, pestilence, sword.
The Lord will be true to his Word. We like that when his Word is one of blessing. But what about when it is one of warning or correction? Guess what – he’s still going to be faithful to it.
👉 All the people – from the least to the greatest – everyone:
went to Jeremiah
asked him to pray on their behalf
wanted to know the Lord’s will
promised to obey the Lord
👉 Ten days later – a word from the Lord came to Jeremiah – it involved two scenarios.
If you remain in the land…
I will plant you, not pluck you up
I will relent of the disaster
I will be with you and deliver you
I will grant you mercy
you will remain in your own land
If you disobey and turn to Egypt…
the sword will overtake you
famine shall follow you
every man will die
no remnant or survivor
my wrath will be poured out
you will not return to your land
👉 Now, I’m not claiming to be a know-it-all but I feel like this one is a no-brainer. Like I’m totally Team Remain in the Land. Right?!
But – before we judge any potential decisions made by these people – let’s not pretend like we haven’t chosen the less desirable option before.
How often do we choose panic over prayer?
Chaos over calm?
Self over Savior?
World over Word?
Worry over rest?
Our way over His way?
It’s easy for us to look at their choices on paper and maybe think – how could they? But – what if – generations from now – someone looked at the promises and commands in God’s Word and then at all the choices we made over the course of our lives? They may just be shaking their heads in disbelief at us. 😉
Ugh. There we have it. Johanan had been telling the truth.
👉 The Next Day (v 4-10)
Ishmael kills more people
the dead are thrown in a cistern
ten men are allowed to live
those not killed are taken captive
👉 Johanan (v 11-18)
had warned Gedaliah about Ishmael
heard about what now happened
took men and went after Ishmael
the captives are freed
Johanan hides near Bethlehem
This is some serious drama, y’all. If we read Scripture and find it boring – we are missing it. These are real people with real stories and – if their stories are recorded in Scripture – there is a reason.