Tag Archive: Jeremiah 51

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.

Read:  Jeremiah 50:41-46 & Jeremiah 51

“Jeremiah also brings a brief judgment against Elam, a province in the south of modern Iran, on the eastern edge of Babylonia.  Although Elam and Babylonia have been bitter enemies over the centuries, it is probable that Elam is at this time a part of Nebuchadnezzar’s empire and an ally against Judah.”

Read:  Jeremiah 49:34-39

“The following account seems to suggest that Zedekiah has a remnant of moral consciousness, at least for a time.  For whatever reasons — perhaps sincere, perhaps only practical, perhaps even political — Zedekiah orders his people to free all their Hebrew slaves.  The law given to Moses sets strict limitations on when fellow Hebrews can be enslaved, and requires their release at the end of seven years.  Zedekiah’s order is obeyed at first, but, when the people renege, Jeremiah rebukes their sin.”

Read:  Jeremiah 34:8-22

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“If God and his servant jeremiah are outraged against false prophets, their fierce chastisement is only a warm-up for the judgment that Jeremiah will bring against Babylonia.  Prophets down through the years have brought many judgments against Babylonia, but none is more specific than Jeremiah’s.

With Babylonia now a real threat, the time is ripe to reassure Judah of the ultimate fate of its oppressor.  Of all the people who need this assurance, it is the exiles in Babylonia who need it the most.  Therefore this judgment against Babylon is given by Jeremiah to a staff officer named Seraiah, who is being sent to Babylon on behalf of King Zedekiah.”

Read:  Jeremiah 51:59, Jeremiah 50:1-40

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

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