- 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 43
Jeremiah was taken to Egypt.
Johanan, who rescued Judean people from the hand of Ishmael in chapter 42, forced them to flight to Egypt. He accused Jeremiah of influencing Baruch unduly, and blamed him that his oracle was not regarded as God’s word.
Johanan forced all the Judean survivors including Jeremiah and his secretary Baruch to go to the city of Tahpanhes in Egypt. The city was located lower Nile and Egyptian border fortress, also known as Baal-Zephon, Greek Daphne, in modern day Tell Defneh.
In Egypt, Jeremiah prophesized oracle that Egypt is no safe place from Nebuchadrezzar of Babylonia. By enacting the burial of stone, he prophesized that Nebuchadrezzar will come to Egypt and establish his throne over those buried stone, sending pestilence, captivity, and the sword. God called Nebuchadrezzar my servant (v.10) to do God’s will.
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?