Jeremiah – Chapter 21


Message Against Zedekiah

Verse 1 – The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord when King Zedekiah sent him to Pashhur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest saying,

This is not the same Pashhur in chapter 20 and Zephaniah was the successor of Jehoiada the priest.

Verse 2 – “Please inquire of the Lord for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon makes war against us. Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all His wonderful works, that the king may go away from us.”

King Zedekiah of Judah sent Pashhur to Jeremiah to foretell what the outcome of his rebellion against Babylon would be.

Verse 3 – Then Jeremiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to Zedekiah,

Verse 4 – ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands 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 will turn back the weapons” – Every attempt you make to repel the Chaldean’s shall be unsuccessful.

Verse 5 – “I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong-arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath.

Verse 6 – “I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they shall die of a great pestilence.

During a siege, people were confined in small areas with the animals and all sanitary regulations were neglected, resulting in disease.

Verse 7 – “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 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.” ‘

Verse 8 – “Now you shall say to this people, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

Verse 9 – “He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence; but he who goes out and defects to the Chaldean’s who besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be as a prize to him.

If they resisted and fought, they would die. If they surrendered and went into captivity, they would live, it was up to them.

Verse 10 – “For I have set My face against this city for adversity and not for good,” says the Lord. “It shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.” ‘

Verse 11 – “And concerning the house of the king of Judah, say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord,

Verse 12 – ‘O house of David! Thus says the Lord: “Execute judgment in the morning; and deliver him who is plundered out of the hand of the oppressor, lest My fury go out like fire and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

Verse 13 – “Behold, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley, and rock of the plain,” says the Lord, “Who say, ‘Who shall come down against us?’ Or who shall enter our habitations?’

Verse 14 – But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,” says the Lord; “I will kindle a fire in its forest, and it shall devour all things around it.” ‘ ”

Jeremiah had foretold of Jerusalem’s destruction. The cities leaders had ignored and mocked him. In desperation, King Zedekiah turned to God for help, but without acknowledging God’s warnings or admitting their sin. He just wanted deliverance without the relationship.

Is that you? Do you just want out of trouble to continue the way you’ve always lived? It won’t work! God had told the people of Judah several times that if they would repent, He would stop the destruction from coming.

We may think when we read this, “How could they not want to stop this?” It was because they loved darkness more than light. That’s why people will “turn you off” when you try to tell them about our Savior, who can forgive them and love them. They love darkness more than light.

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