Jeremiah 39

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 39

The fall of Jerusalem.     

Overview.

Jerusalem was seized for two years by Babylonia (39:1-2). During these years, King Zedekiah and the people of Judah went through political and military crisis. Prophet Jeremiah spoke for God, prophesizing the word of God to surrender to Babylonia, waiting for God’s restoration. But King Zedekiah and his officials did not turn their ears to him.

Verses 1-10 is the summary of the chapter 52:4-6, and 2 Kings 25:1-12 that royal historians recorded.

Neglecting Jeremiah’s warning prophecy, King Zedekiah had to see miserable end himself and his family. His royal palace was burned down. Jeremiah was released from captivity and put under the protection of Gedaliah.

The prophecy that Jeremiah has prophesized has been done. God punished Judah for her wickedness. But she was under the watch and plan of God.

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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