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

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Jeremiah 39

The fall of Jerusalem

In King Zedekiah's ninth year, Nebuchadnezzar laid seige on Jerusalem. Two years later, they broke through the wall. Zedekiah fled with his sons and some men, but Babylon pursued, killed his sons before his eyes, and then plucked out Zedekiah's eyes and led him by chains back to Babylon.

They burnt Jerusalem and broke its buildings. The people were exiled, but the poor were left.

Jeremiah had been promised that he would be spared, and he was. He was set free and allowed to remain in Judah at Nebuchadnezzar's instruction.

Key verse:
1. This is how Jerusalem was taken: In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege to it.

My thoughts:
This is a mournful chapter, but in the context of Jeremiah it is the culmination of Jeremiah's prophecies and it is the validation of his prophecies.

Don't forget that Jeremiah is not chronological.

Whenever I'm reading about Jerusalem falling, I always have Psalm 137 in the back of my head. It gives you a glimpse of the unending sorrow these people went through in this time.


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