Jeremiah 37

Jeremiah 37 has the prophet beating his head against the wall again as King Zedekiah and all his team refuse to listen to God’s words.  “Neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the Lord that he spoke through Jeremiah the prophet”.   How frustrating that must have been.  Jeremiah gets clear direction from God to pass along, but the king and his men just ignore it.  However King Zedekiah does have a suspicion that something is up.  So he sends some of his folks to talk with Jeremiah.

They ask him to “Please  pray for us to the Lord our God”.  They didn’t want to publicly appear that they were listening and heeding Jeremiah’s words from God, but down deep they were.  Zedekiah knows he is the true prophet with a message from God.  Jerusalem has been under attack by the Chaldeans, but now “The army of Pharaoh had come out of Egypt. And when the Chaldeans who were besieging Jerusalem heard news about them,  they withdrew from Jerusalem”.

Seems like great news doesn’t it.  The enemy is gone and they are free to live again.  Jeremiah hears from God that this is a temporary situation and that in fact the Chaldeans weren’t really going anywhere.  The other pretenders were telling the king what he wanted to hear, that they were free from this enemy and life could return to normal.  But Jeremiah says it like it is.  “Do not deceive yourselves….they will not go away’.  They accuse Jeremiah of being a traitor and “beat him and imprisoned him” for what he had done.

Jeremiah attempts to defend himself but to no avail.  Fortunately King Zedekiah knows that Jeremiah is the true prophet and calls him to come to his place to give him the straight scoop.  He tells him the truth, not what was pleasing to his ears like all the other pretenders were doing.  And Jeremiah asks to be placed in a different prison that he would be cared for, which the king did allow.  Jeremiah was placed in the court of the guard and given care until the bread was gone due to the Chaldean siege!

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