(13 verses, 2:30 to read)
What I am about to READ:
The Jews fled the Babylonians and went to Egypt. But the sword of Babylon would find them.
MARK & LEARN
1-3: Johanan and his men tried to justify themselves. Their unbelief convinced them that Jeremiah and Baruch were lying. They thought that Jeremiah and Baruch only wanted to get the Jews killed by the Babylonians.
4-7: They disobeyed God and fled to Egypt.
11:“Strike the land of Egypt”—Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion of Egypt occurred in the 37th year of his reign, or about 568 BC. According to the Jewish historian Josephus, all the Jews living in Egypt at that time were deported to Babylon.
8-13: Jeremiah hid a marker in the pavement in front of Pharaoh’s palace. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, would invade Egypt and pitch his tent right on that marker.
Johanan and his men (as well as the rest of the people) thought it wise to disobey the word of the Lord and follow their own imagination. Yet, God’s will is done…despite man’s attempt to be in control. Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Listen to the word of the Lord! For He knows what is good, right, and true…even if you don’t understand what He’s doing at the time.
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.