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)

The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations. About Egypt. Concerning the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates at Carchemish and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah: "Prepare buckler and shield, and advance for battle! Harness the horses; mount, O horsemen! Take your stations with your helmets, polish your spears, put on your armor! Why have I seen it? They are dismayed and have turned backward. Their warriors are beaten down and have fled in haste; they look not back-- terror on every side! declares the LORD. "The swift cannot flee away, nor the warrior escape; in the north by the river Euphrates they have stumbled and fallen. "Who is this, rising like the Nile, like rivers whose waters surge? Egypt rises like the Nile, like rivers whose waters surge. He said, 'I will rise, I will cover the earth, I will destroy cities and their inhabitants.' Advance, O horses, and rage, O chariots! Let the warriors go out: men of Cush and Put who handle the shield, men of Lud, skilled in handling the bow. That day is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, to avenge himself on his foes. The sword shall devour and be sated and drink its fill of their blood. For the Lord GOD of hosts holds a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates. Go up to Gilead, and take balm, O virgin daughter of Egypt! In vain you have used many medicines; there is no healing for you. The nations have heard of your shame, and the earth is full of your cry; for warrior has stumbled against warrior; they have both fallen together."

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