August 24, 2012

237 - Unexpected kindness

Kathleen's thoughts

Lamentations 3: 37: 66, 4: 1-22, 5: 1-22
2 Kings 25: 22-24
Jeremiah 39: 11-14, 40:1-12

Jeremiah's plea
Jerusalem after the fall
A prayer for mercy
Gedaliah becomes governor
Kindness shown to Jeremiah
Jeremiah stays with Gedaliah
Gedaliah's care for the poor

Lam. 3:40-42 Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord.
Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven;
We have sinned and rebelled; You have not forgiven.

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, over the rest of the people he left in the land of Judah.
Gedaliah swore an oath to them and their men, assuring them, Don't be afraid of the servants of the Chaldeans. Live in the land and serve the King of Babylon, and it will go well for you.

Then speaking through Nebuzaradan captain of the guard, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon give orders concerning Jeremiah, Saying Take him look after him, and don't let any harm come to him; do for him whatever he says.
The he had Jeremiah brought from the guard'c courtyard and turn him over to Gedaliah to take him home. So he settle among his own people

Jeremiah 40: 2 The captain of the guard took Jeremiah and said to him, 'the Lord your God decreed this disaster on this place, and the Lord has fulfilled it. He has done just what He decreed. Because your people have sinned against the Lord and have not obeyed Him this thing has happened. Now pay attention to what I say. Today I am setting you free from the chains that were on your hands.
And so the captain of the guard gave him a ration and a gift and released him.


Gedaliah's care for the poor. This man must have been a well loved man among the peoples and news spread about his kindness and the people started to return those who were banished and came to the land of Judah.

Carry one another's burdens, in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. Gal, 6:2


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