- 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 44
Disaster because of idolatry.
Jeremiah’s prophecy in chapter 44 is his final message to the Jewish remnants in Egypt. He explained that Jerusalem and Judah fell because of the repeated sins of their inhabitants, idolatry. Jeremiah warned of their idolatry in Egypt, burning incense to other gods.
The Jewish remnants resided in upper Egypt and lower Egypt of Migdol, Tahpanhes and Memphis. It was near Nile river where a rich soil for farming was formed by the river. They made idols for keeping them from the danger of flood and bringing rich harvest. The trace of Jewish community was found with Aramaic papyri dating from the fifth century BC.
Jeremiah prophesized that God will bring disaster on them and destroy the remnant of Judah in Egypt, the same way that God destroyed Jerusalem. And none of them, except a few fugitives, will return to Judah. But the men whose wife were making offering to idols, and women besides them offended Jeremiah, his prophecy, and insisted that they will continue to worship idols.
Jeremiah replied to them with oracle that the curses will follow them to Egypt and Pharaoh who was their presumed protector. They will meet the same fate as King Zedekiah at the hand of Babylon. The worst curse will be that believing community will disappear, for the Lord’s name will never again be on their lips. Because they refused to listen, they themselves ended their history.
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?