Jeremiah 46

Jeremiah 46 has the prophet giving a picture of what is to come to Egypt, which is going to be conquered by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians.  Remember that the remnant of Judah fled there thinking they would be safe, even though God told them to stay put and not go to Egypt.  They disobeyed, and Jeremiah is telling of what is to come.  “That day is the day of the Lord God of hosts, a day of vengeance, to avenge himself on his foes”.  God is going to take action. Egypt will fall.

Egypt was pretty big stuff.  They had been in power for a long time, and had conquered many nations.  They also had lots of allies that were going to assist in battle.  But they didn’t factor in God.  “Why are your mighty ones face down? They do not stand because the Lord thrust them down”.  The reality is that God plus one is a majority.  God plus one is enough to win.  So God plus Nebuchadnezzar’s army is more than enough.  The allies turn back because of issues in their own land, so Egypt is alone to face the enemy.

And there is a description from Jeremiah of what is to come.  “They shall cut down her forest, declares the Lord, though it is impenetrable, because they are more numerous than locusts; they are without number”.  It’s all over except the actual fight, but God is going to do what He said and destroy the Egyptians.  So what about God’s people who are living there and trying to avoid extinction.  God, even in His anger, says “But fear not, O Jacob my servant, nor be dismayed, O Israel, for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid”.

He goes on to say “Fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, for I am with you. I will make a full end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but of you I will not make a full end”.  He doesn’t say they get off without any pain.  “I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished”.  So even though they sinned and disobeyed God by going to Egypt, God is still going to be true to His covenant and protect them so they are not destroyed like the Egyptians will be.  But they are going to be punished.  They will pay a price for disobedience.  Sin never pays!

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