“Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the LORD your God for us, for all this remnant – because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us – that the LORD your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do…
Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.”
– Jeremiah 42:2, 6
God leads the Babylonians into Jerusalem to bring his people into captivity, the most unthinkable thing that could happen. This is their judgement and disciple for not obeying God.
And a cry for mercy is how they respond. They see the consequence of their sin and disobedience. They long to obey.
After all, this is the point of disciple right? To correct. To steer in the right direction. You would have to keep reading to see if they do in fact obey and don’t run to Egypt after God promised to be with them and rebuild them (vs. 11).
I long to have a soft heart like this. God, give me a desire to obey. Help me to turn from sin and disobedience to follow you with all my heart, soul, and strength.