My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Jeremiah 38


Some people wanted to kill Jems for discouraging the Jewish people soldiers, and the king let them. So they threw him into a cistern so that he sunk into the mud. When the king heard of this horrible treatment, he sent men to get Jems out.

The king asked Jems for honesty, but Jems knew that the king really just wanted to hear good news. But the king promised that he wouldn't overreact. So Jems told him that his only hope was to surrender. The king was worried, but Jems reassured him that this was God's word. The other option was to have the city burnt down. Jems kept the conversation secret. He stayed in his decent prison until Jerusalem fell and was not beaten again.

Key verse:
20. Obey the Lord by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well with you, and your life will be spared.

My thoughts:
To follow God sometimes requires humiliation, and many do not follow God because they have too much pride. They are too interested in running their own lives that they don't let God lead it. Here Jeremiah is asking the king to become a shameful deserter. He is asking him to drop all of the hope and big words and compelling speeches, and just surrender. Most people think it is noble to continue to fight for something, even in the face of defeat, but that is not God's plan here. He says, "Give up. Don't be a hero. You'll only fail." Gutted.


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