Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 40:7-16, Jeremiah 41:1-18, Jeremiah 42:1-22, Jeremiah 43:1-13, Jeremiah 44:1-30.
Highlights: Today’s reading involves events in Jerusalem after the fall of the city. Gedaliah had been appointed governor by Nebuchadnezzar. He is assassinated and a group of fearful Jews are determined to flee to Egypt. They ask Jeremiah’s advice but do not listen. Jeremiah prophecies that if they flee to Egypt they will die in Egypt.
Isn’t it sad and tragic that 900 years after God set His people free from the Egyptian bondage, this group, that seems to have learned nothing, return to Egypt thinking there they will find happiness and protection?
How might Christians today be guilty of an even worse, sad, and tragic decision? Consider Galatians 4:9, 5:1, and 2 Peter 2:20-22.