God is in Control

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The events of chapter 27 took place early in the reign of Zedekiah (v. 1). Nebuchadnezzar had already invaded Judah once and had taken many captives. Jeremiah was commanded by God to wear a yoke, like those used to hitch a team of oxen together (v. 2), as a symbol of bondage as he brought his message of repentance or disaster. Jeremiah declared that the destruction of the Temple would be the price for national disobedience. God punished the people of Judah in an unusual way. He appointed a foreign ruler (Nebuchadnezzar) to be his servant. He was not appointed to proclaim God’s message but to fulfill God’s promise of judgment on sin (vv. 3-11). Because God is in control of everything he can use whatever or whoever he wants to accomplish His purpose. He may use the most unusual events or circumstances to control you.

With the fact of Nebuchadnezzar’s divine appointment clearly established Jeremiah warned the king not to rebel and if he did punishment was sure to come (v. 12). If Zedekiah would only submit to Babylon, Jerusalem could be spared. Zedekiah was in a tough spot as many of the other leaders wanted him to form an alliance and fight. Furthermore it would have been disgraceful for a king to surrender. Jeremiah’s message to Zedekiah was repeated to the priest and the people (vv. 13-15). Very expensive vessels from the temple had been carried off by Babylon during Nebuchadnezzar’s second invasion (vv. 16-22). The promise of their return by the false prophets encouraged the people to rebel against Babylon. However, Jeremiah predicts that the largest and heaviest vessels would be taken next. This prophesy was fulfilled (52:17).


The people in Jeremiah’s day needed a true friend who would bring God’s Word even when it was not popular. Someone who flatters me, by telling me lies is not a true friend. I want to be like Jeremiah and speak the Word of God, no matter how unpopular it may be.

Jeremiah 27:1-22 (English Standard Version)

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