Jeremiah 21

   Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Jeremiah 21

Jerusalem will fall to Nebuchadressar.  

Overview.

A series of oracles from the time of Judah’s king Zedekiah is collected, concerning the fall of Judah, survival after invasion of Babylonia, and interpretation of it, prophecy of seventy-year exile, and the vision of restoration. (Jeremiah 21-25)

When King Zedekiah inquired of Jeremiah if God would perform miracle to save Judah from the hand of Babylonian king Nebuchadressar. In response to it, Jeremiah prophesied the oracle against king Zedekiah and Jerusalem, asking them to surrender to the Babylonian king, which was only way of life. God would fight on the side of Babylonians, called also Chaldeans (v.4). After invasion God would put survivors into the hands of the Chaldeans.

The oracle against Judah and prophecy of invasion was for the wickedness she deserved (v.14). God commanded “the royal house of Judah,” (v.11), the line of King David, to rule by executing justice, delivering the oppressed. Otherwise, they would be consumed by divine punishment like fire upon them and on people who lived in false security.

Reflection.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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