Text: Jeremiah 37:3-21, Jeremiah 38:1-28
Highlights: Back to Jerusalem and the story of Jeremiah. The Babylonians are temporarily distracted by the Egyptians causing some to think they will not destroy Jerusalem after all. Jeremiah is falsely accused of deserting the city and is beaten and thrown into prison. Later he is accused of treason and thrown into a muddy cistern. Zedekiah continues to call Jeremiah asking for “a word from the Lord”, but doesn’t have the courage or faith to do what he says.
According to 38:17, even at this late hour, if Zedekiah had surrendered, Jeremiah says his family would live and the city would not be burned. What does that teach about God and our need to repent?
Note: For those who would like some insight into the life of Jeremiah I would recommend the movie, “Jeremiah The Prophet”. The latter part of the movie really does a good job portraying Jeremiah’s relationship with Zedekiah when the Babylonians come on Jerusalem. You can find the full movie on YouTube.