August 27

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.


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3 Responses to August 27

  1. Sandy Steinman

    38:17 is the perfect example of how long suffering God is and how fervently he wants to save all mankind. Even though Zedekiah had continuously ignored Jeremiah’s instructions from God, and even at this last moment with the enemy at the gates, God was willing to forgive him and spare him if he did the one thing that his pride and his fear would not allow him to do which was to surrender to Chaldeans. Think about it. Putting God first and himself second would have yielded significantly better results for Zedekiah and for the city.

  2. Mary K

    There is a story about King David who sinned and he was asked if he would prefer his punishment to come from God or the people. Many years ago when I first read the story, thinking ahead, I thought I would choose the people because God’s punishment would be so severe. I was ashamed as I read forward to learn David chose God’s punishment because He is exceedingly merciful. Too bad for Zedekiah that he didn’t know this story.

    • Jimmy Haynes

      Thanks Mary K for making that comparison. Ive often thought about how our life is like a path and our sins are a turns off to the left or right from that path. The longer we stay on those deviations the more difficult it will be to get back – God will forgive instantly of course – but we complicate our lives the more we pursue sin. So we should turn back to God, the sooner the better it will be for us.

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