Jeremiah Chapter 42

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Jeremiah 42

1 Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near,

And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)

That the Lord thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.

Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the Lord your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the Lord shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.

Then they said to Jeremiah, The Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the Lord thy God shall send thee to us.

Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.

And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of theLord came unto Jeremiah.

Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,

And said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him;

10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.

11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the Lord: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.

12 And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.

13 But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the Lord your God,

14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:

15 And now therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;

16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.

17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them.

18 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; As mine anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more.

19 The Lord hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day.

20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the Lord your God, saying, Pray for us unto the Lord our God; and according unto all that the Lord our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it.

21 And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you.

22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn.

27 thoughts on “Jeremiah Chapter 42

  1. The word tells us that God knows the thoughts and intent of the heart. The remnant had already planned to go to Egypt, and God blew their cover.

    I have heard it said the worst day with God is still better than the best day with the devil. Many times when we go to prayer, or are searching for a word we have it in the back of our minds to return to Egypt.

    God delivered us from Egypt/the world, and sin. The price he paid on the cross revealed his passion to keep us from sin’s wicked clutches.

    Anyone who has backslid, and came back will scream it is not worth it! All that is there is the sword, famine, and pestilence. Violence, lack of the word from God, and sin eats away like leprosy destroying us, and those around us.

    Yet God gave us a way out when he said if you sin, confess, and God is willing to forgive us if our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.

  2. 7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah.

    8 Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,

    9 And said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him;

    THE REPLY OF THE PROPHET

    Some of these people of Judah had asked the prophet to intercede to God for them, Because they did not want to go to Egypt and loose what they had.
    Jeremiah came back with what God told him.
    9 And said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him;

    10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.

    11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the Lord: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.

    12 And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.

    In so many words God told him I will be on your side if you obey my voice.
    But if you continue to do what you want to do and abide in Egypt, and be rebellious against God.

    15 And now therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;

    16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.

    This is the reason it is so important to obey God and always put him first in your life!!

  3. Obey or else –
    This is a very good scripture about obeying The Lord and npt going back to Babylon (world). We who endure to the end shall be saved.
    Ps Ihonor and
    Will respect and remember what the man and woman of God told me I may not understand evetyyhing they told me but I have to do it.
    Thank you pastor and sis Watts.

  4. Proverbs 15:8 MSG “God can’t stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers.” This is what the remnants of Judah did as we see in verses 20-21 NLT “For you were not being honest when you sent me to pray to the Lord your God for you. You said, ‘Just tell us what the Lord our God says, and we will do it!’ And today I have told you exactly what he said, but you will not obey the Lord your God any better now than you have in the past.” Obey and heed the warnings of the Lord for Proverbs 15:31-33 MSG says: “Listen to good advice if you want to live well, an honored guest among wise men and women. An undisciplined, self-willed life is puny; an obedient, God-willed life is spacious. Fear-of-God is a school in skilled living—first you learn humility, then you experience glory.”

  5. 10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.

    God’s timing is perfect; when He says stay, it’s wise to stay. He will tell you when it is safe to go. I’m thankful that He has declared that it’s time for POFW to GO, possess new land!

  6. In yesterdays chapter, vs.16-17 it says, “Then took Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, and all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah…
    And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt.”

    In todays chapter, we see they all get together, the least even to the greatest of them, and they come to Jeremiah asking him to pray to God for them that God would show them where to go and what to do.

    Jeremiah comes back with an answer from God and tells the people, if you stay in this land, God will build you up and plant you, but if you disobey and go into the land of Egypt, you shall die.

    The scripture that really caught my attention today was vs. 20. “For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and according unto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it.”

    DISSEMBLE means to to conceal under false appearances, to pretend not to observe, feign ignorance of.
    So in other words, the people came to Jeremiah under false pretense asking him to pray to God for them, when they already had it made up in their minds what they were going to do, and that was to go into Egypt.

    God knows our thoughts and see our hearts. So don’t PRETEND with God or the man of God, because God reveals things to him, for if you do, you will die.

  7. 10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.

    21 And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you.

    22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn.

    Disobedience

    There are times in our life that the direction that The Lord has set before us doesn’t make any since. In those times is when he’s testing our faith. When we pleas God by exercising great faith we gain the greatest reward. God is looking for obedience and faith.

  8. Why return to where God set you free of???
    God set Israel & Judah free from the slavery of Egypt, and here they are again contemplating to return to Egypt. Thank God they come to their senses and ask the prophet of God to intercede in prayer for them. After he does God’s reply is, stay, stay and I will care for you, stay and I will keep you safe from Babylon; but the warning, if you do return to Egypt after I deliver you from there, then you will surely DIE. The choice is simple even today; Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Stay in Jesus Christ and have life or return to Egypt and the slavery of sin and DIE… I choose LIFE AND MORE ABUNDANTLY IN CHRIST JESUS.

  9. iLove to eat the Word

    “Obey the voice of the Lord”

    19 The Lord hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day.

    The Children of Israel asked for the advice of the preacher and he told them to stay put where they were. “No, dont go across town and cross into Egypt.” Egypt is a type of sin and pleasure of this present world. It seems as if there is peace in Egypt. It seems like there is plenty of food and satisfaction in Egypt…But Egypt only offers death.

    Let’s obey God and stay away from sin.

  10. 11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the Lord: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.

    As it was said, we do not need to be afraid of what is going on in our country. God is with us.

  11. Preserving Destiny

    13 But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the Lord your God,

    14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:

    15 And now therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;

    16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.

    It can be tempting at times to run away, but we see time and again this scenario doesn’t work out well.

    Genesis 16:3-10
    3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. 4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived:and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee. 6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. 7 And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. 10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

    Pregnant with promise, Hagar was running from destiny. She had been thrown into a situation all wrong, tainted with man’s disobedience, but God had a purpose for her and that child. If she continued to run, it would abort the destiny upon her life.

    Perhaps we feel our circumstances are unfair, as if it’s all gotten out of control and we feel the need to run to try to recover some semblance of sanity. But it remains, we must not remove ourselves from where God has set us. When the children of Israel were in the desert, they only moved when the presence of God moved, and when it stopped, they stopped. God has not only a purpose but a place for us in the picture of destiny. If another’s disobedience has already tainted our world, we cannot expect to fix it with disobedience of our own.

    We must honor and obey God no matter how it looks, and trust Him with the outcome.

  12. VICTORY IN PRAISE

    10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.
    11 Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the Lord: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.

    The WORD of the LORD came through Jeremiah to remain or abide in Judah (Praise). This prophetic WORD from the LORD remains faithful and true even to the New Testament believer in the 21st century.

    The benefits of PRAISE are defined for the battered, beaten children of Israel:

    1. Build you up
    2. Not tear you down
    3. Plant or secure (protect) you
    4. Not uproot or scatter you
    5. Deliver you from fear
    6. Deliver you from bondage

    It is the LORD’s pleasure for us to serve, trust and praise HIM. It is our honor to serve, trust and praise HIM.

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living GOD and it a gracious opportunity to live in the land of Praise. I choose PRAISE, I will abide or live in Praise and not fear, bondage or anger.

    Thank you JESUS for this WORD today.

    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  13. Wow how i needed this word this day. Praise in spite of how dark it may seem. The praise that i send up, just may change that darkness into light, not just for me but for someone else who is in a dark place. Praise the Lord

  14. 6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.

    If we are obeying God what can go wrong, Give your all to God even when you don’t feel like it or want to. Things are going to come our way and circumstances will come but that is when we depend on God. When all others turn agianst you God is there with you holding your hand. Reminds me of the poem footprints in the sand:

    One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
    Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
    In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
    Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
    other times there were one set of footprints.

    This bothered me because I noticed
    that during the low periods of my life,
    when I was suffering from
    anguish, sorrow or defeat,
    I could see only one set of footprints.

    So I said to the Lord,
    “You promised me Lord,
    that if I followed you,
    you would walk with me always.
    But I have noticed that during
    the most trying periods of my life
    there have only been one
    set of footprints in the sand.
    Why, when I needed you most,
    you have not been there for me?”

    The Lord replied,
    “The times when you have
    seen only one set of footprints,
    is when I carried you.”
    Mary Stevenson

  15. In times of trouble we must set our heart to obedience. It’s not enough to want to know the voice of God and for him to guide us if His will lines with ours but we must be willing to obey even when His will is not what we want.

  16. 3 That the Lord thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.

    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understandings. God will make a way!!!!!!!! No matter where we’re goinghemakes the way for us, all though we might stumble and get distracted the way he’s paved is still in there and he will show us what to do.. Thank you Jesus!!!

  17. Whether it is good or evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to Whom we are sending you [to inquire], that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the Lord our God. (Jeremiah 42:6 AMP)

    That you have dealt deceitfully against your own lives; for you sent me [Jeremiah] to the Lord your God, saying, Pray for us to the Lord our God; and whatever the Lord our God says, declare it to us and we will do it. (Jeremiah 42:20 AMP)

    They entered into a covenant with the Lord in verse 6. They have their word to obey if the answer was good or evil. But in verse 20 it reveals that they dealt deceitfully against their own lives even after being warned.

    But to the wicked, God says: What right have you to recite My statutes or take My covenant or pledge on your lips, Seeing that you hate instruction and correction and cast My words behind you [discarding them]? (Psalm 50:16, 17 AMP)

  18. This chapter illustrates choice. Jeremiah sought the Lord and informed them of their choices. There are consequences with ones choices, as such one would be wise to obey what sayeth the Lord. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  19. 20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the Lord your God, saying, Pray for us unto the Lord our God; and according unto all that the Lord our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it.
    21 And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you.
    22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn.
    God was certaily not fooled by their pretense of asking Jeremiah to intercede for them. He already knew they wanted to go to Egypt. But in his goodness he offered them his will: stay put and I will bless you & protect you right here-only obey! That same message is so true today: stay put, serve God right here where he planted you, obey him & he’ll bless you & protect you. Thank you Jesus.

    • johhanan and jezaniah waited ten days before they heard from jerimiah the prophet. do you think they were in prayer all that time. did they have the right intentions , i think not . although we might ask pastor watts for prayer and direction in our lives, we must continually pray as well and wait patiently for the answer from him. God truely knows our heart and intent and he uses Pastor Watts as our sheppard for direction.

  20. 3 That the Lord thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.

    God will show you the way if you would allow him to. Too many times we try to figure things out on our won, when God is right there waiting for you to hand the situation over to him. Trusting God is what is going to take in order for him to lead you on the right path.

  21. 2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)

    3 That the Lord thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.

    An attitude of repentance brought a word from Jeremiah of protection and peace, as long as they did not turn their face toward Eqypt. Reminds me of the parable of Lots wife. Had she kept looking forward to her future and the promises of the Lord, she would not have suffered death.

    How sad it is when an individual who has been filled with the Spirit of God and baptized in Jesus Name, turns back to the beggarly elements of the world. How it saddens the Lord to know that the relationship with Him is not more important than the temporal pleasures of sin for a season.

  22. 2 And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)

    3 That the Lord thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.

    Ok so the Lord finally got the people’s attention. Now they are willing to acknowledge and ask the Lord to direct their paths. Reminds me of proverbs 3. However why did it have to come to this measure for them to say we will now obey? God is so good! He wants to bless His people. Chance after chance saying; obey me I want to bless you, obey me I desire to bless you. He truly is slow to anger and great in mercy. Let us pray for our hearts that we will be willing to hearken and obey the Words of the Lord that it may be well with us. Thank you Jesus for you many blessings. From the small ones to the great ones thank you my Lord.

  23. It may not come when you want it, but it is always on time! God knows when you need things in your life and when the time is right He will supply them to you! So in the mean time, praise Him through the storm.

  24. Greener Grass

    Fearful that Babylon will punish them for Gedaliah’s death, the remnant is looking for escape. Perhaps Egypt will provide the protection and sustenance they seek. The proverbial “grass” looks greener in Egypt. The people who rejected Jeremiah’s instructions over the years, now want him to seek God’s councel. They even promise to follow God’s guidance. We can see right through them just by the way they ask in vs2 for Jeremiah to pray to “your” God. The Israelites didn’t say to seek “our God” 1st, which tells me their intentions are to seek an ear tickling oracle from a foreign God, something they are used to. Here’s the kicker in vs6 where they say they will obey the Word of the Lord whether its favorable or unfavorable. They are making promises we don’t intend to keep, or keep only if they like what is said.

    Ten days later, the Lord’s Word comes to Jeremiah: If they stay in the land, God will bless them. If they flee to Egypt, God will send famine and death. Without further discussion, they continue in their former stuborn ways, leave for Egypt and disobey “the Lord’s command to stay in the land of Judah.” (Jer 43:4). Its great that Israel is finally turning to the Lord for guidance, but they really don’t want to the guidance they need from the Lord. Everybody wants to blame the man of God for what the Lord has spoken. When criminals finish a heist they usually talk about running for the border into Mexico, our catch a flight to an exotic country, outside their natice soil. If they leave to Egypt they make themselves look guilty of killing Ged. They want to get outside God’s boundaries and find refuge, as if they could hide. God warns that He will strike them dead if they leave the promised land. Still, the people refuse to believe and obey God’s word sent to them through Jeremiah. They think he is betraying them and that his secretary, Baruch, is involved (Jer 43:1-3). We can try and make our own false temporary comfort, God wants us to take refuge in Him. He will never contradict Himself, He’s not going to declare that he will leave a remnant in Judah, and then tell them to run off to Egypt.

    They didn’t take the time to get to know God, or thought they got away with it before and they can do it again. In Israel’s history they have already done things similar, and they are foolish to think God won’t hold up His Word as He did then. He spoke through Moses to tell the people that they would have a 40 year death march in the desert, they were so displeased with the Word of the Lord, many started running to the promised land, and they were killed in result. God isn’t going to bring us to something, like he brought the Israelites out of Egypt, and into the promised land, to tell them to move out of the position He put them in. Too many times saints or people in general, here the Word of the Lord by reading, or hearing over the pulpit, when we don’t take heed its like suicide of the soul. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. What looks good and feels good, isn’t always the Will of God.

  25. 5 Then they said to Jeremiah, The Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the Lord thy God shall send thee to us.

    6 Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.

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