- 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 52
The Fall of Jerusalem.
Chapter 52 is a historical appendix, retelling the fall of Jerusalem.
King Zedekiah was the last king of Judah, reigned 11 years. Other historical document in the Old Testament wrote about him (2 Kings 24:18-20).
The invasion of Babylonia began in the ninth year of King Zedekiah’s rein. Surrounding the wall of Jerusalem blew the last hit to the fall of Jerusalem. When Jerusalem wall fell, King Zedekiah escaped to Arabah, the Jordan valley, but he was captured by Babylonian army at Jericho, put into prison with blinded, and taken to Babylonia.
The field army of Babylonia set burning the palace, looted Jerusalem temple, taking temple furnishing away to Babylon. Not only so, they carried away priests, temple officers, and craftsman, and others as captivity. Total numbers of captivity for the three-year period was 4,600.
Addition of story in the 37th year of exile, the story of Jehoiachin’s restoration indicated the beginning of the restoration of Judean kingdom.
As we have read the book of Jeremiah, we discovered Jeremiah’s prophetic message: He saw all events in his country under the view of God’s sovereignty, from which he spoke for God, called for repentance, and envisioned God’s restoration out of divine love and grace. That is the way we read today too.
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?