Jeremiah Chapter 40

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Jeremiah 40

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive unto Babylon.

And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him, The Lord thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place.

Now the Lord hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.

And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people: or go wheresoever it seemeth convenient unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward, and let him go.

Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land.

Now when all the captains of the forces which were in the fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land, and had committed unto him men, and women, and children, and of the poor of the land, of them that were not carried away captive to Babylon;

Then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and their men.

And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan sware unto them and to their men, saying, Fear not to serve the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you.

10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah, to serve the Chaldeans, which will come unto us: but ye, gather ye wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken.

11 Likewise when all the Jews that were in Moab, and among the Ammonites, and in Edom, and that were in all the countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan;

12 Even all the Jews returned out of all places whither they were driven, and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, unto Mizpah, and gathered wine and summer fruits very much.

13 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah,

14 And said unto him, Dost thou certainly know that Baalis the king of the Ammonites hath sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to slay thee? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam believed them not.

15 Then Johanan the son of Kareah spake to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly saying, Let me go, I pray thee, and I will slay Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no man shall know it: wherefore should he slay thee, that all the Jews which are gathered unto thee should be scattered, and the remnant in Judah perish?

16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said unto Johanan the son of Kareah, Thou shalt not do this thing: for thou speakest falsely of Ishmael.

27 thoughts on “Jeremiah Chapter 40

  1. I pray for freedom in God people who have been in bomdage will be set free. This can happen anywhere. Pepple who are being trapped
    Caus they beiieve what a pearon says is its true or not. Sorry bout this o know that God never allows us to be cpntrolled but we are free on Jesus` name this scripture was very good. I love Jesus and He loves his children thank u Jesus. I love

    • John 10:9
      I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

  2. LOOSE THE PROPHET

    4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

    How disheartening to know that the result of disobedience of the people that the Prophet is a bound prisoner.

    The Prophet couragously warned the people of GOD to repent and obey the LORD their GOD that brought them out, however they would not listen or obey the words of the man speaking for GOD. The unheeded warning came to pass, they were brought into bondage and the Prophet was not excluded.

    The DISOBEDIENCE of the people BOUND the Prophet. The people could no longer heed the voice of the Prophet as wes one of them; a bound, chained prisoner. The Prophet obeyed GOD and spread the word of warning, however his life was also bound by the lack of and failure to respond of the people of GOD.

    This pricipal remains in tact today. When we choose to disobey and fail to heed the warning of the Prophet (Man of GOD with warnings from GOD) we bind the man of GOD, the Prophet is incarcerated by our disobedience. The innocent victim of a rebellious people. I urge and encourage you today to LOOSE THE PROPHET in your life today. Set HIM free by honoring and obeying the WORDS from GOD that he speaks.

    Commit yourself to the obedience of the WORD of GOD.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
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  3. Continue to Gather in the mist of Chaos

    10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah, to serve the Chaldeans, which will come unto us: but ye, gather ye wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken.

    No matter what chaos is happening in the Land, we must continue to gather, we must continue to store it on our vessels, we must continue to take care of the land.

  4. The beginning of verse 4 CEV says “Today I am taking the chains off your wrists and setting you free!….”Proverbs 13:21-22 AMP says “Evil pursues sinners, but the consistently upright and in right standing with God is recompensed with good. A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.”

    Proverbs 13:13-14 CEV “If you reject God’s teaching, you will pay the price; if you obey his commands, you will be rewarded. Sensible instruction is a life-giving fountain that helps you escape all deadly traps.”

  5. 16, BUT GEDALIAH THE SON OF AHIKAM SAID UNTO JOHANAN THE SON OF KAREAH, THOU SHALT NOT DO YHIS THING :FOR THOU SPEAKETH FALSELY OF ISHMAEL.

  6. 10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah, to serve the Chaldeans, which will come unto us: but ye, gather ye wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken.

    I find it ironic today that the remnant that was left was given instructions to gather wine, sumer fruits and “oil” and put these items in vessels, and dwell in cities that they had taken.

    The wine, summer fruits and oil was significant for those people. They had been taken into bondage, had lost everything and now was being set free, and given the freedom to choose where they were going to go. The wine typifies the Spirit of God, the fruits nourishment and the oil anointing. They was to take those things with them to the cities they were going to dwell in.

    God is speaking today to my heart that we are to take the “oil” that we have been given to the city “land” that we are going to dwell in. Praise the Lord, what a confirmation for today!

  7. 4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

    When we do what is right, even in the dark days, God will keep you. He will never leave you or forsake you. God will give you favour with the enemy when you are in the jail. There are a few stories were when someone in the Bible was in jail ,that they made them leaders. God sees all things, so even in your darkest hour be a light for Jesus.

  8. 13 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah

  9. This chapter illustrates haste. Johanan attempted to persuade Gedaliah. One would be wise not to make a decision in haste, especially before seeking the Lord. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  10. 1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive unto Babylon.

  11. 13 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah,

  12. Built an altar today in Jesus name. Thank you upci churches for a safe way ….and the way is Jesus. In the numbre Jesucristo! I love God(Jesus).

  13. To gather vessels for oil- anointing-spirit
    Wine- body
    Summer fruit- fruit- fruits of the spirit!

    Cant wait for the three years to finish and for the new building.

  14. ilove to eat the Word

    God always leaves a remnant, and an overwhelming Blessing
    1 Likewise when all the Jews that were in Moab, and among the Ammonites, and in Edom, and that were in all the countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan;

    12 Even all the Jews returned out of all places whither they were driven, and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, unto Mizpah, and gathered wine and summer fruits very much.

    God knows how to deliever the righteous and keep the sheep that are his. He blessed those who stayed with an abundant blessing.

  15. 3 Now the Lord hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.

    God will get our attention somehow. We pay for our sins and disobedience when we go against God’s word. God help me to be what you want me to be.

  16. My God Can Do Anything

    4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

    What seemed to be the end was really a blessing in disguise. The favor of The Lord was upon him because of his onedience to speak the uncut word of God. God is pleased with good thoughts and dreams but he gets glory when we act it out.

  17. 4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

    5 Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people: or go wheresoever it seemeth convenient unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward, and let him go.

    Obedience always will bring blessing. For many chapters we read how the prophet goes through so many harsh things yet he keeps faithful to the commands of the Lord and keeps delivering the Word. Warning after warning and him withstanding one hardship after another. Finally the Lord respondos and does what he had warned about, and we finally see the prophet set free and rewarded and that remanant that the Lord kept blessed as well. All they had to do is obey and trust the Lord.

  18. Jeremiah 40:6
    Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land.

    Gedaliah means God is great! Mizpah means watch tower. In the midst of captivity God reminds his people that he is still watching. There is still a remnant.

    God promises he will never leave not forsake his people. When we trust and obey God he always comes through.

  19. we must keep the prophet and the man of God in our lives Loosed so he can speak into our lives. the Bible says how can we hear without a preacher at how can you preach unless you are sent we have a sent man of God I need to be open to his words

  20. Pulled To Promise

    4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

    5 Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people: or go wheresoever it seemeth convenient unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward, and let him go.

    6 Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land.

    This passage reminds me of another, more famous passage, though the scenarios played out differently:

    6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.

    7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

    8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

    9 The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

    10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

    11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

    12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

    13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of theLord is gone out against me.

    14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

    15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

    16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

    17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

    18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

    What caused one to cleave and the others to leave? I believe it all had to do with being pulled to promise. Where did the heart of each reside?

        Jeremiah – went back; faithful to God despite persecution, reached for Israel that they would turn their hearts back to God

        Orpah – went back; faithful to her needs, had care for her mother in law but in the end had to be “realistic” and take care of herself

        Ruth – stayed; faithful to her mother in law and had her heart turned towards the God of her mother in law

    We see it did not matter as much about the direction (whether to stay or leave) as it did about what was there at the end of that direction. For Jeremiah, he chose to submit to God and trust in Him, and God provided a way for him to go back and reside in the place of promise. He was sent, but he could have stayed. For Orpah, she did not heed the call of promise and followed after what seemed to fulfill her needs. Naomi could not promise Orpah another husband, so Orpah turned to pursue her own temporal “promise” elsewhere. For Ruth, she seemingly had no future with Naomi, being only a moabite outsider cleaving to a sonless widow returning to a land she hadn’t even lived in for years. Yet something in her heart had turned towards not simply Naomi but the Lord, and it seemed something in her heart had begun to hear the call of Promise as if she were one of the people to whom the promise was given.

    Both Jeremiah and Ruth went to Judah, abiding in a place of praise (sacrifice) within the place of promise. Sacrifice is the response of love, and when our hearts are caught up in the God of the promise, we will find ourselves naturally sacrificing as we walk in the promise. Orpah did not seek sacrifice but quick return; her eyes were blinded by the cares of life. But Jeremiah and Ruth looked beyond the temporal to see riches beyond the here and now.

    Matthew 3:16-4:1
    16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

    Mark 1:9-13
    9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

    There is both a leading and driving of the Spirit into promise. We can see these forces at work in Jeremiah and Ruth as they responded to the pull of promise. It’s one thing to see destiny and feel that tug, but it’s another to respond to the moving of God that we ourselves would be moved towards it. It requires us to lay aside self and lean not to our own understanding. We saw previously how God takes care of those who put their trust in Him; we must trust and step out on faith in response to the pulling of promise God has brought us to.

    Revelation 3:20
    Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

  21. 4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

    Jeremiah fell into chains in prison for all his obedience to God…but God did not forget him. He didn’t leave him in prison after it all came to pass. Rather he was released with blessings that the ungodly could not receive. They were captive as Jeremiah prophecied. We may face imprisonment for Jesus’ sake but we too have a reward at the end of it all. He will not forget us!

  22. Trouble With the Illegitimate

    King Neb released Jeremiah from prison and gave him the choice to live wherever he’d like. Neb offered to Jeremaih to stay with Gedaliah,among the people who where left behind in the land. He is a good leader, and it appears that Jeremiah supports him (v5-6). Gedaliah took an oath to the remnant of Judah to reassure them to harvest the wine, summer fruit and oil, and put them in your storage jars, and live in the towns as if you have taken over.” It wasnt until the enemy nations Moab, Ammon, Edom etc. heard that Gedaliah was appointed governor over Judah that they returned to Judah after centuries of being kicked out by Joshua and Israel’s armies. Honestly is it wasn’t “by might, nor by power but my Spirit.” (Zech 4:6) by God’s Spirit and protection they had been detained. In Israel’s disobedience most of them have been exiled in God’s judgment. Trouble is their is always somebody who wants to take over, reap the plunder and stand in the spotlight.

    The 1st Ishmael mentioned in Scripture is Abraham’s illegitimate son, from Sarah slave Hagar, the Egyptian. Abraham’s now covenant blood has been mixed with that of enemy, slave blood. ‘a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?” (1 Cor 5:6). Here Ishmael is a rebel leader of royal descent. Hatred and revenge have ravaged the hearts of humanity since the fall (Ge 4:4-8). Lucifer couldn’t handle being 2nd, he saw how beautiful God had made him and craved the Lord’s throne. The Lord has established a covenant with Abraham that would be carried out by his descendants, starting with Issac, not Ishmael. “as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.” (Gen 17:20). Ishmael ‘s descendants have become the thorn in Israel’s kingdom, a thorn that wants back into the inheritance, to claim 1st place. Essau, another illegitimate son who decided to marry one of Ishmael’s daughters in addition to the wives he already had..later his descendants became the Edomites. Lot’s two daughters tricked their father into making illegitimate descendants, one is the mother of the Moabites (Gen 19:37), the second daughter bore “Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.” (Gen 19:38). Gedaliah should have heed the warning from Johanan that Ishmael conspired to assasinate him. Remembering the history of our enemies will point out the direction of the illegitimate. Don’t write off your enemy, because he won’t have mercy on you. If the person you are sticking up for doesn’t posses the fruits of the Spirit, you better pray for discernment. The enemy will do whatever he has to do to attempt to claim the land, country, throne, mind of his opponent, us. The trouble with the spirit of Ishmael, Essau, Moab, Ammon, is they are labeled illegitimate trying to establish legit thrones from a holy God (Isa 15:13-15). Thank you for the blood of Jesus, thank you for your Holy Spirit, that lives and breathes in me. Thank you Jesus for cleansing our sinful, illegitimate blood. I know Gedaliah didn’t have this luxury, but he did have Jeremiah living with him, the prophet of God, to consult, yet he never did.

  23. 4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

  24. 3 Now the Lord hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.

    4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.

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