The Lord Will Destroy The People of Judah

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Disaster
The people spread through the land of Egypt rather rapidly. Jeremiah calls them all together after they have been there a few months and announces to them that they are still doing the same things that brought judgment on them in Judah (vv. 1-7). Jeremiah says; the Lord told me to speak to the Jews in Egypt (v. 1). He reminds them of how He destroyed Jerusalem and towns in Judah that lie in ruin (v. 2). This was because they were worshiping other gods (v. 3). He sent prophets to warn them to stop sinning (v. 4) but they refused (v. 5). Finally He struck them, in anger, like a raging flood (v. 6). He says why do you insist on heading for disaster that will destroy you and your children (v. 7).

The very things God objected to are now resuming in Egypt. The women were the leaders in this, offering incense to the queen of heaven, the moon goddess, and giving themselves in idolatrous ways to the other Egyptian gods around them as well (v. 8). That is what God judged Judah for, as Jeremiah reminds them. He tells them God will judge them here in this land too (v. 9). He says that pride keeps you from obeying me and my teachings (v. 10). He has decided to wipe them out with disasters (v. 11). Because they decided to return to Egypt they will die from war, hunger and disease (vv. 12-13). You may hope to return to Judah but only a few will be able to go back (v. 14). 

Application

When I study a passage of Scripture like this I often think of America and how far we have wandered into sin since the day of our founding fathers. Lord, help me to sow the seeds of righteousness. 

Jeremiah 44:1-14 (English Standard Version)


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