- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- 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 34
Warning to Zedekiah, the King of Judah.
King Zedekiah was the last king of Judah until she fell in 587B.C by Babylonia. The prophecy in chapter 34 was made during the siege of Jerusalem before the fall of Judah, with only two places, Lachish, twenty-three miles southwest of Jerusalem, and Azekah, eleven miles north of Lachish were held out. Jeremiah warned imminent destruction of Jerusalem and captivity, he assured King Zedekiah of a peaceful death and appropriate funeral rites.
King Zedekiah made a covenant with the people of Jerusalem and released Hebrew slaves to free, probably to simplify the domestic food supply, or to free more men for defending Jerusalem, or to observe the Jubilee Law of releasing Hebrew slave (Leviticus 25:8-23).
But the people changed their mind and took back the slaves they had freed and enslave them again. Why did they change their mind? One possible interpretation is this. During siege of Jerusalem by Babylonia, the Egyptian army approached, causing the Babylonians temporarily lift the siege. The people of Judah thought the Egyptian army would save them from Babylonians. So they changed their mind.
This provoked wrath of God. Jeremiah prophesized oracle against them. God’s punishment for the transgressor would be catastrophic —bringing disaster, death, plague and famine.
Who do you trust is constant prophetic message of Jeremiah.
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?