- 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 37
Jeremiah in prison.
There was a power struggle between Egypt and Babylonia while Babylonia seized Judah. Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah the king of Judah, replacing Jehoiakim. Shortly after that in 588BC, Egyptian army came up from Egypt to relieve besieged Jerusalem.
King Zedekiah called out Jeremiah to look for prophetic intercession to get a favorable word from God concerning the present military circumstances between two countries, and chance for Judah during his reign to be delivered from the siege of Babylonian army.
Jeremiah’s prophetic word was not favorable to his expectation. Instead, he uttered oracle against the King Zedekiah and his people in Judah for false hope, and prophesized impending disaster. Jeremiah was imprisoned for treason in Jerusalem. But King Zedekiah put him in custody in a house giving him a minimum food ration as long as there were supplies.
The point of Jeremiah’s oracle is for the King and the people of Judah to trust more in Egyptian army than in God.
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?