A Remnant Flees to Egypt

“A contingent of army officers who had not been captured will apparently fall under the influence of the Ammonites, who will persuade them to assassinate Gedaliah.  Their character is further revealed when they murder 70 innocent men, apparently without reason, and take captive their own countrymen at Mizpah.

Just when it appears that other former officers are about to right all the wrongs, they too exhibit wicked character; leading a whole remnant of Hebrews away to Egypt, including Jeremiah and Baruch.  So it is that in the very country against which he has brought such harsh judgments, Jeremiah finds himself once again crying out against idolatry and having to bring more rebuke and judgment.”

Read:  2 Kings 25:23-26, Jeremiah 40:7-16, Jeremiah 41, 42, 43, 44 & 51:64

“What a disheartening experience this must be for Jeremiah — off in a foreign country, separated from his scattered family, and surrounded by idolatrous Hebrews who have not even begun to learn the lesson of Judah’s fall.  Now in his older years Jeremiah must indeed have a broken heart.  But surely in the kingdom of the Messiah about whom he has confidently prophesied he will receive great reward.”

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.