When the Lord fights against you…

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.27.2016 – Old Testament: Jer 21.3–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 20–22 on October 27, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord warned Judah and Jerusalem that if they continued in sin, He would send Babylon against them, and regardless of what they tried, their weapons would fail,

Then Jeremiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to Zedekiah, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel: “Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who besiege you outside the walls; and I will assemble them in the midst of this city. I Myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath. I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they shall die of a great pestilence. And afterward,” says the LORD, “I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, his servants and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence and the sword and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life; and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword. He shall not spare them, or have pity or mercy”’” (Jeremiah 21.3–7). 

Did King Zedekiah prevail against the Babylonians? No, he and Judah went down just as the Lord had said would happen. In this passage, the Lord notified Zedekiah ahead of time what would happen, yet, the king failed to heed the message and his nation suffered immeasurably because of it.


  • What do you think of biblical warnings?
  • Do you heed them?

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