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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Jeremiah 40

Re-jewing

Summary:
When the commander set Jeremiah free, he told him that Jerusalem had been taken as God had said. He gave Jeremiah a choice of where to go, and gave him wealthy people to stay with wherever he went. Jeremiah stayed with Gedaliah, who was made governor in Judah.

Gedaliah told the people to serve the king and things would be fine. Then all the Jews who had been living outside of Judah came back to live in Judah. Some people tried to let Gedaliah that some kings of the surrounding nations wanted to kill him, but he didn't listen. One guy offered to kill another guy Ishmael, but Gedaliah didn't believe the allegations against Ishmael.

Key verse:
12. they all came back to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah at Mizpah, from all the countries where they had been scattered. And they harvested an abundance of wine and summer fruit.

My thoughts:
You don't often hear about what happened in Judah during the exile. It wasn't uninhabited, and when the people came back from exile, they were very much rejoining Jews who were already there.

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