Aug. 23. Egypt’s Futile Aid to Jerusalem; Jeremiah Imprisoned

Jer. 46:13-28; 37:1-21

During the siege of Jerusalem, Egypt as an ally of Judah at the time, attempted to prevent Babylon from taking them. God speaking through Jeremiah stated that the Egyptians would be defeated just as surely as Mt. Tabor and Mt. Carmel were standing in their respective locations. They would be delivered into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar and his servants.

God again assured that Judah would not be completely destroyed. Their seed was destined to bring forth the Son of God many years later.

Zedekiah sent men to Jeremiah to ask the prophet to pray for the people. With Pharaoh’s army coming to Judah’s aid, the Babylonians eased the siege and departed to fight the Egyptians. The Lord instructed Jeremiah to warn Zedekiah against being deceived by Babylon’s actions. They would return and take the people captive and burn the city. Nebuchadnezzar’s army, even if only made up of wounded men would defeat Judah.

As Jeremiah was traveling to attend to personal matters, he was arrested and accused of defecting to Babylon. Disregarding his denial, the prophet was imprisoned in a dungeon. After some time, Zedekiah secretly called for him and inquired about any word from the Lord. There was word, but nothing had changed. “You shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon!”

With their captivity imminent, Jeremiah in an “I told you so” attitude asked Zedekiah, “…Where now are your prophets who prophesied to you, saying, ‘The king of Babylon will not come against you or against this land?’” Upon his appeal to the king, Jeremiah was moved to a more comfortable place in the court of the prison and promised bread each day, “Until all the bread in the city was gone.”