staying with the message

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staying with the message

Jeremiah 37:1-10 (JDV)

Jeremiah 37:1 Zedekiah son of Josiah reigned as king in the land of Judah instead of Coniah son of Jehoiakim, because King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon made him king.
Jeremiah 37:2 He and his officers and the people of the land did not obey the words of Yahveh that he spoke through the prophet Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 37:3 But King Zedekiah did send Jehucal son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, to the prophet Jeremiah, requesting, “Please pray to Yahveh our God for us!”
Jeremiah 37:4 Jeremiah was going about his daily tasks among the people, because he had not yet been put into the prison.
Jeremiah 37:5 Pharaoh’s army had left Egypt, and when the Chaldeans, who were besieging Jerusalem, heard the report, they withdrew from Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 37:6 The word of Yahveh came to the prophet Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 37:7 “This is what Yahveh, the God of Israel, says: This is what you will say to Judah’s king, who is sending you to inquire of me: ‘Watch: Pharaoh’s army, which has come out to help you, is going to return to its own land of Egypt.
Jeremiah 37:8 The Chaldeans will then return and fight against this city. They will capture it and burn it.
Jeremiah 37:9 This is what Yahveh says: Don’t deceive yourselves by saying, “The Chaldeans will leave us for good,” because they will not leave.
Jeremiah 37:10 Indeed, if you were to strike down the entire Chaldean army that is fighting with you, and there remained among them only the badly wounded men, each in his tent, they would get up and burn this city.'”

staying with the message

Pharaoh’s army had (apparently) frightened the Chaldeans away, and king Zedekiah thought surely now Jeremiah would prophesy good news. No deal. God’s truth is God’s truth, no matter what is happening. Jeremiah knew that Jerusalem was doomed. Call him a liar, put him in prison, beat him – it does not matter. He would not forsake his message.

LORD, give us the courage to stay true to our convictions regardless of the circumstances.

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