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, i.e., 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)

The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Judeans who lived in the land of Egypt, at Migdol, at Tahpanhes, at Memphis, and in the land of Pathros, "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: You have seen all the disaster that I brought upon Jerusalem and upon all the cities of Judah. Behold, this day they are a desolation, and no one dwells in them, because of the evil that they committed, provoking me to anger, in that they went to make offerings and serve other gods that they knew not, neither they, nor you, nor your fathers. Yet I persistently sent to you all my servants the prophets, saying, 'Oh, do not do this abomination that I hate!' But they did not listen or incline their ear, to turn from their evil and make no offerings to other gods. Therefore my wrath and my anger were poured out and kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, and they became a waste and a desolation, as at this day. And now thus says the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel: Why do you commit this great evil against yourselves, to cut off from you man and woman, infant and child, from the midst of Judah, leaving you no remnant? Why do you provoke me to anger with the works of your hands, making offerings to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have come to live, so that you may be cut off and become a curse and a taunt among all the nations of the earth? Have you forgotten the evil of your fathers, the evil of the kings of Judah, the evil of their wives, your own evil, and the evil of your wives, which they committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? They have not humbled themselves even to this day, nor have they feared, nor walked in my law and my statutes that I set before you and before your fathers. "Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will set my face against you for harm, to cut off all Judah. I will take the remnant of Judah who have set their faces to come to the land of Egypt to live, and they shall all be consumed. In the land of Egypt they shall fall; by the sword and by famine they shall be consumed. From the least to the greatest, they shall die by the sword and by famine, and they shall become an oath, a horror, a curse, and a taunt. I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, so that none of the remnant of Judah who have come to live in the land of Egypt shall escape or survive or return to the land of Judah, to which they desire to return to dwell there. For they shall not return, except some fugitives."

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