Even in punishment the Lord holds out hope

Jeremiah Bible Background

11.02.2017 – Old Testament: Jer 34.1–5

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 33–35 on November 2, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Lord sent a massive force against His beloved city of Jerusalem because the people refused to repent of their sins, especially that of idolatry, nevertheless, he held out some hope for the king,

The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army, all the kingdoms of the earth under his dominion, and all the people, fought against Jerusalem and all its cities, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Go and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah and tell him, Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire. And you shall not escape from his hand, but shall surely be taken and delivered into his hand; your eyes shall see the eyes of the king of Babylon, he shall speak with you face to face, and you shall go to Babylon. Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah! Thus says the LORD concerning you: You shall not die by the sword. You shall die in peace; as in the ceremonies of your fathers, the former kings who were before you, so they shall burn incense for you and lament for you, saying, “Alas, lord!” For I have pronounced the word, says the LORD” (Jeremiah 34.1–5). 

While the king would survive, his sons would not and the king of Babylon would kill them before the eyes of Zedekiah and then the king of Babylon would put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and he would die later in Babylon.

Even the severest threat did not deter Judah and Jerusalem, and when the time of their destruction arrived, they still refused to repent.

Let us not be like them, but let us repent as soon as we learn of our sin.

Questions:

  • Is there a sin that you attempt to hide?
  • Why will you not repent of it?

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