Verse 1 – Now it happened, when Jeremiah had stopped speaking to all the people all the words of the Lord their God, for which these words,
Verse 2 – that Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men spoke, saying to Jeremiah, “You speak falsely! The Lord God has not sent you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to sojourn there.’
Verse 3 – “But Baruch the son of Neriah has set you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may put us to death or carry us away captive to Babylon.
They said Jeremiah was not speaking for God, because they couldn’t possibly stay where they were and be safe. It made no sense to them. And why bring Baruch into this, he was just a scribe?
When we got o God with “our plans and desires” expecting God to bless them, why is it we get mad and blame God when things start to go wrong? God doesn’t promise to bless “our plans.” He blesses His plans for our lives. He knows the out-come and knows the direction we need to take. I learned a long time ago to take “Thy will be done,” seriously.
Verse 4 – So Johanan the son of Kareah, all the captains of the forces, and all the people would not obey the voice of the Lord, to remain in the land of Judah.
Verse 5 – But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces took all the remnant of Judah who had returned to dwell in the land of Judah, from all the nations where they had been driven –
Verse 6 – men, women, children, the kings daughters, and every person whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch son of Neriah.
Verse 7 – So they went to the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the Lord. and they went as far as Tahpanhes.
How ironic that the Jews returned to Egypt, which they had been delivered from 900 years earlier. They forced Jeremiah and Baruch to go with them. Tahpanhes was in Egypt where Pharaoh had one of his palaces.
Verse 8 – Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying,
Verse 9 – “Take large stones in your hand, and hide them in the sight of the men in Judah, in the clay in the brick courtyard which is at the entrance to Pharaoh’s house in Tahpanhes;
Verse 10 – “and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will send and bring Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will set his throne above these stones that I have hidden. And he will spread his royal pavilion over them.
Verse 11 – “When he comes, he shall strike the land of Egypt and deliver to death those appointed to death, and to captivity those appointed to captivity, and to the sword those appointed for the sword.
Nebuchadnezzar did invade Egypt in 568-567 B.C., as Jeremiah predicted.
Verse 12 – “I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt, and he shall burn them and carry them away captive. And he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd puts on a garment, and he shall go out from these in peace.
Verse 13 – “He shall also break the sacred pillars of Beth Shemesh that are in the land of Egypt; he shall burn with fire.
Beth Shemesh is the name of a city, which had its name from a famous temple of the sun. How sad for the people of Judah to have escaped death of fighting in Judah and then being kidnapped to be drug off by Ishmael and then recaptured by Johanan and then marched right back to Egypt. And now was going to be invaded by the Babylonian army – all over again.
This is a perfect example of what can happen when we don’t follow the Lords leading. Every bit of this could have been avoided if they only would have listened to Jeremiah.
Moral: “Pray, listen, and wait.”