What The Lord Says About Egypt

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Battle
This takes us back to the year 605 B.C., when Nebuchadnezzar first came up against Judah. He was met by the armies of Egypt at the city of Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and there one of the great strategic battles of all history was fought (vv. 1-2). Here Jeremiah is describing that battle in advance (vv. 3-4). He describes in very vivid terms the advance of the Babylonian army, the clash of these conflicting forces, the terrible battle that ensued, and the final defeat of Egypt. Egypt was a place of tyranny and bondage for the people of Israel. They were under the yoke of a wicked and severe king who enslaved them and treated them cruelly(vv. 5-6). Yet strangely enough, after they escaped, it was the place they always fondly remembered and wanted to return to. They remembered the food, the comfort, and the ease of life in Egypt. Worldliness is an attitude of life that causes you to think of living only for your own pleasures and enjoyment.

That is what Egypt symbolizes in Scripture. (vv. 7-8). Egypt rises like the Nile. Every spring the Nile River overflows its banks, They were told to fight hard and march out with the Ethiopians and Libyans (v. 10). The Lord will win this battle and take revenge of his enemies (v. 11) They will be killed near the Euphrates river. Egypt was told that no medicine can heal you. All the nations have heard you weep as your troops fall to the ground, stumbling over each other (v. 12).

Application

I need to let the Lord take care of my battles rather than thinking I can take care of them myself.

Jeremiah 46:1-12 (English Standard Version)


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