Devotional: ‘Jerusalem Finally Fell, But Jeremiah the Prophet Was Rescued’

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 Jeremiah 37:15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison. 16 When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days…Jeremiah 38:6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.

Jeremiah was beaten, arrested and then thrown into a well. What a horrible experience. Yet the Bible teaches us that God was still with His faithful servant. In the end, when Jerusalem finally fell, Jeremiah the prophet was rescued.

Jeremiah 38:8 Ebedmelech went forth out of the king’s house, and spake to the king, saying, 9 My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city. 10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die. 11 So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. 12 And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so. 13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.

Ebed-melech, the Ethiopian, pleaded with the king to rescue Jeremiah from the muddy cistern. Scripture says that the king agreed and had Jeremiah put back into a prison cell. Verse 38 of this same chapter says that he remained there until the fall of Jerusalem. But then we read- Jeremiah 39:1 In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it.

History records that in 586 BC, the city of Jerusalem finally fell into the hands of the Babylonians. The siege against the city had lasted for two and one-half years. During that time period, the Babylonians completely surrounded the city, cutting off all entrances and exits, all food supplies, and as much water as possible. The result was that most of the Jews either died of thirst and starvation, or were severely weakened from malnutrition and disease.

After Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem, he then capture King Zedekiah and burned his palace. Then Nebuchadnezzar had the kings sons killed while their father was forced to watch. After this Nebuchadnezzar had Zedekiah’s eyes put out, knowing that the image that would remain in his enemy’s mind would be the brutal assassination of his sons. Lastly, Nebuchadnezzar had King Zedekiah bound in chains and led away like a common animal to Babylon. But what about Jeremiah? What happened to God’s man during all of this?

Jeremiah 39:11 Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying, 12 Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.

God caused Nebuchadnezzar to look favorably upon Jeremiah. The man of God was released from prison and allowed to spend the rest of his days in the land of Judah where he continued to preach about God and His righteousness.

Though there are some remaining chapters left in the book of Jeremiah, we will end our study here. It’s been ten weeks and I thank you for taking this journey with me. As we close this series of lessons, I want to try to summarize it all into one sentence. The Apostle Peter writes:

For God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time: 1 Peter 5:5-6  
     

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Thank you for taking the time to study along with me in scripture. I would interested in receiving your suggestions for future studies. You can contact me at: pastorterry@twinoaksbapt.org I would love to hear from you!

                        

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