Jeremiah 42

Before Reading.

  • 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 42

God’s warning to the remnants.


Johanan and all army officers were afraid of Babylon’s retaliation over the assassination of Gedaliah, Jewish governor, send by the king of the Babylon. Jeremiah was asked to intercede for them because they were uncertain what they should go and where they should go.

In ten days, Jeremiah brought message: to remain in Judah was God’s will and they would receive God’s blessings, and to flee to Egypt would only bring suffering to them. There apparently was tension among them, and those who favored the flight to Egypt prevailed over the those who wanted to abide by Jeremiah’s prophecy to remain in Judah.

 Jeremiah’s oracle was focused on faith in God and God’s promise of blessing them when they follow God’s way. Jeremiah warned them of danger by disobeying God’s will.

What would they decide to follow? The ways that seems to be good and safe in their eyes or the way that God promised?


 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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