August 27, 2012

238 -No help in Egypt

Kathleen's thoughts

Jeremiah 40: 13-16, 41: 1-18, 42: 1-6, 47: 7-22, 43: 1-13
2 Kings 25:26

Gedallah killed
Ishmael's escape
The exodus to Egypt
Jeremiah's assistance requested
Safety in Judah
Destruction in Egypt
Jeremiah taken to Egypt
Conquest of Egypt foretold

The sad thing in this reading is how hatred in one person can turn a nation upside down.
Ishamel killing Gedallah and the people fleeing to Egypt. The people come to Jeremiah for word from God and when he delivers what the Lord says they still do not believe Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 42: 10-12 He said to them, This is what the Lord says, the God of Israel to whom you sent me to bring your petition before Him; If you will indeed stay in this land, then I will rebuild and not demolish you, and I will plant and not uproot you, because I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought on you. Don't be afraid of the king of Babylon whom you now fer; don't be afraid of him this is the Lord's declaration Because I am with you to save you and deliver you from him. I will grant you compassion,, and he will have compassion on you and allow you to return toy our own soil.

Jeremiah 42; 13 - But if you say; We will not stay in this land, so as not to obey the voice of the Lord your God, and if you say No, instead we'll go to the land of Egypt where we will not see war or hear the sound of the ram's horn or hunger for food, and we'll live there.

This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says' If you are firmly resolved to go to Egypt and live there for a while then the sword you fear will overtake you there in the land of Egypt.

When Jeremiah had finished speaking to all the people, the people accused him of lying. So they did not obey the voice of the Lord and they went to the land of Egypt
The men women, children, king's daughters  and everyone whom Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, had allowed to remain with Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan, along with Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch son of Neriah and they went to the land of Egypt. because they did not obey the voice of the Lord. They went as far as Tahpanhes.

Jeremiah was given a word from the Lord to pick up some large stones and set them in the mortar of the brick pavement that is at the opening of Pharaoh's palace at Tahpanhess. Do this in the sight of the Judean men.
I will send for My servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and I will place his throne on these stones that I  have embedded, and he will pitch his pavilion over them. He will come and strike down the land of Egypt.

He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless. Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40: 29-31


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