Disobedience leads to fear that leads to confusion

Jeremiah Bible Background

11.05.2015 Old Testament: Jer 41.11–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 40–42 on November 5, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

When Israel obeyed the Lord life was simple, but when they ceased listening to Him, they filled their lives with fear and confusion. Think of Israel under David, then read of God’s people during the days of Jeremiah and you will see fear and confusion in their affairs,

But when Johanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces that were with him heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done, they took all the men and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah; and they found him by the great pool that is in Gibeon. So it was, when all the people who were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, that they were glad. Then all the people whom Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah turned around and came back, and went to Johanan the son of Kareah. But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men and went to the Ammonites. Then Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, took from Mizpah all the rest of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah after he had murdered Gedaliah the son of Ahikam—the mighty men of war and the women and the children and the eunuchs, whom he had brought back from Gibeon. And they departed and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is near Bethlehem, as they went on their way to Egypt, because of the Chaldeans; for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had murdered Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had made governor in the land (Jeremiah 41.11–18). 

The Lord through Jeremiah the prophet told the people to serve the Babylonian king and not to flee to Egypt, but they refused to serve the king of Babylon and they fled to Egypt. They feared the Babylonians, which led to all kinds of confusion in Judah in those days.

Make life simple: Obey the Lord.

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