End of an era and a nation

Jer 51-52 In these two chapters, Jeremiah draws his life to a close with the prophecy about Zedekiah, which is ultimately fulfilled. How often are we warned by God to repent and follow His way, but most of us are like Zedekiah: stubborn, disobedient, and unbelieving?

This is the last account of Jerusalem’s fall and the Temple’s destruction. This all took place because Zedekiah refused, scorned, and despised the words of Jeremiah to go out to the Babylonians and be spared. Not only would he be spared, but also the Temple. We wonder what he was thinking and watching as his sons were beheaded as he stood before King Nebuchadnezzar. Did he recall the words of Jeremiah? Truth: We cannot run or hide from God; Zedekiah is a perfect example.

God brought all of this about to prove He is God and He is immutable. God blesses obedience and curses disobedience. Recall the words of Moses in Deut “Choose life!” [Deut 30:19]

Jeremiah is my favorite prophet. He was strong in the midst of his nation’s upheaval, and yet he never wavered. James reminds me that t if I waver, God will not answer. May I be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. [1Cor 15:58]

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