JEREMIAH 39:4

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I found it interesting how Jeremiah’s own people respond to him alerting them to destruction and captivity in Babylon,

“Thus says the LORD: This city shall surely be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon and be taken.” Then the officials said to the king, “Let this man be put to death, for he is weakening the hands of the soldiers who are left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man is not seeking the welfare of this people, but their harm.”

-Jeremiah 38:3-4

Jeremiah is being obedient to God and only wants what is best for Israel… to listen, fear, and obey God! And so he warns them of the dangers of rejecting God and the judgement he is bringing in Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar.

What does he get in return? He’s accused of bringing harm to the city and destroying the troops morale.

Funny how those two things can get turned on their head. You seek the best for people by calling them to obey God only to be thought of as hateful or bigoted.

Nothing is new under the sun.

No matter what culture or society thinks, it is the will of God that will prevail in the long run (Jer 39:16). This means following him and being obedient to scripture assures us we won’t be on the wrong side of history.

 

 

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