Friday, July 18, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 74 Friday

Jeremiah chapter 37

This chapter returns to the time of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. Zedekiah requested that Jeremiah pray for him but he wasn't willing to repent and follow the LORD'S commands.

The army of Pharaoh helped Zedekiah for a time and the Chaldeans withdrew themselves in that period. When it was safe to leave Jerusalem Jeremiah went to Benjamin to take possession of the land he had bought but one of the captains had him arrested on suspicion of treason. He remained there for several days until Zedekiah secretly met with him to find out if there was word from the LORD. Zedekiah then moved Jeremiah to a different part of the prison and commanded that he be fed until the bread ran out.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God told Jeremiah to deliver the message stating that the Egyptians would leave and the Chaldeans would come again.

Does God make any promises?

  • Zedekiah had sent to Egypt for help in fighting the Chaldeans but God said that the Egyptian army would return to their own land. The Chaldeans would come again and wage a successful military campaign against Jerusalem and would burn it with fire.
  • God promised that Zedekiah would be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • As a falsely accused man, Jeremiah asked the king what treasonous acts he had committed against the government to bring about the punishment he was enduring. Jesus was also falsely accused of trying to overthrow the government of His day. Both were only "guilty" of delivering the message given to them by God.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Not that I identified.

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