Jeremiah Chapter 38 – Chronological

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Jeremiah 38

Then Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, heard the words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people, saying,

Thus saith the Lord, He that remaineth in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live.

Thus saith the Lord, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon’s army, which shall take it.

Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death: for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.

Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you.

Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.

Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin;

Ebedmelech went forth out of the king’s house, and spake to the king saying,

My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city.

10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die.

11 So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.

12 And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.

13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.

14 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the Lord: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.

15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?

16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the Lord liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life.

17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon’s princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house:

18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.

19 And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.

20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the Lord hath shewed me:

22 And, behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judah’s house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, and those women shall say, Thy friends have set thee on, and have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire, and they are turned away back.

23 So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.

24 Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die.

25 But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king, hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto thee:

26 Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan’s house, to die there.

27 Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived.

28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken.

54 thoughts on “Jeremiah Chapter 38 – Chronological

  1. Jeremiah 38:20
    Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.

    Obey the Lord and you will be blessed

  2. 15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?

    20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

    If you ask for a word of the Lord then believe without a shadow of doubt in your heart.

    A.L.M.A.S.

  3. King Zedekiah was so wishy washy as he let the people do or talk him into doing whatever they fancied. We need to know truth and how to firmly distinguish what is right and what is flesh. The king’s decision was going to affect not only him; but, his family as well. The same is true today. As Pastor preached last night, what are we bringing home, a blessing or a curse upon our household? The last verse in our Proverb today says “A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.”

  4. 18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.

    This can be viewed as a type of battle we have with the Devil. If we fight temptation, the Lord will ensure our victory.

  5. 8. Ebed-melech went forth out of the king’s house, and spake to the king, saying,

    9. My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city.

    10. Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die.

    Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Definition
    1. Ebed-melech = “servant of the king”

    The servant of the king looked after the prophet when no one else would.
    As servants of The King, it behooves us to look after the prophets in our lives as they look after our souls.

  6. Jeremiah 38: 20-21 ( amp) But Jeremiah said, They will not deliver you ( to them), Obey, I beg of you,the voice of the Lord Who speaks to you through me.
    Then it will be well with you,and you shall live.
    21) But if you refuse to go forth and surrender to them, this is the word ( the vision) that the Lord has shown me.
    Jeremiah was telling the people to listen and obey the voice of the Lord.
    Because if we don’t listen to his voice and obey we will face trouble in our lives.
    The Lord saves and delivers us this is the only way.
    In Jesus name.

  7. 17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon’s princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house:

    When you’re doing the work of God, he’s able to bring people to a point where they will hear your words. Allowing them to get to that point of desperation where they realize that you will speak truth and you will not comfort them with lies. Fortunately, this worked in zedekiah’s favor because he realized that Jeremiah could hear from God and would tell him what he needed to know not what he wanted to hear.

  8. 22 And, behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judah’s house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, and those women shall say, Thy friends have set thee on, and have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire, and they are turned away back.

    23 So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.

    God has always been by our side, through the high and the low. So why don’t we obey him? Why is it so hard to listen to God? It’s because our flesh is wicked. We need to leave our flesh on the altar. Less of us,and more of God

  9. 20 NLT “Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.

    ‭‭The king had a decision to make. He can choose to obey the Lord and live or reject Him and have the Word of judgment fall on them. The choices we make can have a ripple effect on others. Choose wisely!

  10. 12 And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.

    GOD ALWAYS MAKES A WAY!!!

    19 And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.

    We MUST DECREASE FOR.GOD TO INCREASE IN US!!!

  11. Jeremiah
    6 So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malkijah the king’s son that was in the courtyard of the palace guard. They lowered him down with ropes. There wasn’t any water in the cistern, only mud. Jeremiah sank into the mud.

    7-9 Ebed-melek the Ethiopian, a court official assigned to the royal palace, heard that they had thrown Jeremiah into the cistern. While the king was holding court in the Benjamin Gate, Ebed-melek went immediately from the palace to the king and said, “My master, O king—these men are committing a great crime in what they’re doing, throwing Jeremiah the prophet into the cistern and leaving him there to starve. He’s as good as dead. There isn’t a scrap of bread left in the city.”

    One man who seen the distress and did something about it. His appeal to the King saved Jeremiah’s life.
    When all seemed so distraught an appeal was made and a plan for deliverance.
    Jeremiah had the message and again nothing was going to stop what God had instructed . No dungeon no miry clay . There is nothing that will stop the message of God . God will provide the means to get it accomplished.

  12. Jeremiah was telling the people to listen and obey the voice of the Lord.
    Because if we don’t listen to his voice and obey we will face trouble in our lives.

  13. 15Jeremiah said, “If I tell you the truth, you will kill me. And if I give you advice, you won’t listen to me anyway.”

    Many want to know the truth, but don’t want to hear the truth. They will hear your advice and push it a side. They rather listen to their own instincts, instead of taking wise counsel from their family or Pastor. Pray and ask God to guide you when making difficult decisions, and listen to trusted friends, and family members.

  14. 28 so Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison
    Until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken.
    ——-
    Hallelujah 🙌
    Again, what have we been preached all this time?
    You go! Share the gospel to your neighbors
    At the grocery store, at work, or to whoever the Lord puts in your heart.
    Jeremiah was only obeying as always, he delivered the message from the Lord to the king.
    —-
    When we share the gospel at times we get to see afterwards the fruit of it, but at times we don’t..
    Again, our commission is to speak, what the other person does it’s not in our control.
    Jeremiah got see the fruit of the kings decision , very sad.
    The Lord will provide a way, we just need to be willing.
    🙏

  15. “Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you surrender to the Babylonian officers, you and your family will live, and the city will not be burned down. But if you refuse to surrender, you will not escape! This city will be handed over to the Babylonians, and they will burn it to the ground.’””
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭38:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    This was not a new word to Zedekiah. Perhaps it had a new urgency, but it was not a new word. The Babylonians were God’s instrument of judgment against Judah and therefore resistance against them was foolish and futile. It was better to surrender to them and to God’s will.

  16. iLove the Kingdom of Jesus2
    Wow, we can see both the humanity of the prophet and the king. There was huge pressure for the prophet to sell out from the whole nation. He appeared to be a traitor and he appeared to be weaking the hearts of the men of war. We see the humanity of the king as well. He comes to the prophet in secret seeking counsel. He keeps attempting to change the prophets words, but Jeremiah cannot be bought out. When Jeremiah tells the king he needs to surrender, we can see the pride of the king rise us. After all, to surrender would sell out his nation and everyone would consider him a traitor. The king would work to save the prophet’s life, but I see what the king is going through here.

  17. “King Zedekiah agreed. “All right,” he said. “Do as you like. I can’t stop you.””
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭38:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    As leaders and children of God, we have inherited authority from Jesus. When we fail to use that authority or use it for our gain and not the Lord’s we will find ourselves powerless.

  18. Jeremiah 38:6 & 12-13
    6) Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.

    12) And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.
    13) So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.

    Mire means swampy or boggy ground, stuck in mud, or it can mean difficult or distressful (anxiety, sorrow, pain) situation.

    The first scripture that came to mind when reading these verses was Psalms 40:2, “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”

    Jeremiah was cast into the dungeon and into a miry (swampy, muddy, difficult, distressful) place. He would have died there for there was no water and no bread (vs. 9). BUT Ebed-melch and some men came and drew him up out of the dungeon and mire that he was in.

    JESUS has done the same for us. When we were in an horrible pit and in the mire (muddy sins and difficult and distressful situations) of life, JESUS Came and Drew Us Up “Out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set our feet upon a Rock…”
    Thank You JESUS! YOU Are The ROCK On Which I Stand!!

  19. I love POFW LIVE JESUS GIVE JESUS 2. Listen to the voice of God. Listen to your pastor. Communication is the key. God will keep you safe and secure in his arms.

  20. LIVE – GIVE JESUS
    SAVED BY RAGS AND THE 3RD DOOR OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

    10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die.
    11 So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.
    12 And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.
    13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
    14 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the Lord: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.

    An act of MERCY saves a life. We live in such a refined world. We have heated, self cleaning baptistries, air conditioned rooms, padded seats and floors to seek the LORD. Here is a prophet cast into a mired clay pit, a dark dungeon that is pulled to safety by old rotten rags.

    There was no welcome committee, no recognition of redemption, so hospitality team, no refreshments, no gift or personal greeting. NO. This man of GOD was led to the 3rd door the most obscure entry into the house of the LORD. NO reserved parking, door greeters or welcome committee. No just led to the 3rd door, most likely the most obscure entrance. The hidden door.

    The LORD will save some people through this pattern at The POFW. But when The GLORY of The HARVES comes. Entrances and exits do not matter. JESUS baptize my mind today with your creative imagination to save those that are lost, whether by rotten rags of obscurity or for all to see.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iLive
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  21. When we receive a Word from the Lord it’s sometimes not the best news or at least not what we want to hear. Zedekiah was vulnerable to the man of God and shared that he was scared to do what God said. It’s OK to feel that way when we receive a Word. But we can’t stay on that fear. God says DO NOT BE AFRAID. Fear is paralyzing and a dream killer. It disarms the DREAM GIVER from operating in us and through us! We become useless to God!

  22. Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you surrender to the Babylonian officers, you and your family will live, and the city will not be burned down. But if you refuse to surrender, you will not escape! This city will be handed over to the Babylonians, and they will burn it to the ground.’” “But I am afraid to surrender,” the king said, “for the Babylonians may hand me over to the Judeans who have defected to them. And who knows what they will do to me!” Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.
    Jeremiah 38:17‭-‬20 NLT

    Just like Pastor said last night, so many say they want to be used but when God speaks us to enter an uncomfortable situation or season, we hault in fear. It’s not always the case like for Zedekiah where Jeremiah was able to insure his well being. Often God only reveals one small piece of the puzzle at a time, but we have to trust that piece fits and the puzzle will continue to grow into a bigger and greater picture of purpose.

    Trust in the Lord, He will never fail and He will never forsake you!

  23. 14 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the Lord: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.
    15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?

    The king says he wants to know what the Lord says, but Jeremiah knows it will make him angry. He does tell the king what the word from the Lord is but still doesn’t fully obey when the time comes. We each have a desire to know the word of God and we each have the time and chance to obey it or go on with our own ways. Choose this day whom you will serve.

  24. 20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

    Jesus will not deliver us to evil if we obey His Word and as continue to walk towards Him we shall live.
    Hallelujah!!!!
    Thank You Jesus!!

  25. ‘Sure enough, it wasn’t long before the king’s officials came to Jeremiah and asked him why the king had called for him. But Jeremiah followed the king’s instructions, and they left without finding out the truth. No one had overheard the conversation between Jeremiah and the king. And Jeremiah remained a prisoner in the courtyard of the guard until the day Jerusalem was captured.’

    Jeremiah 38:27-28
    Yesterday in class we talked about promises of God and being patient for them. We touched on Joseph and his whole situation and how he had to be patient before his promise was to pass. See at some point in our lives God has given us a promise and we might still be waiting on that promise. It could look hopeless but he knows exactly what hes doing. God will give you this promise in his timing when he sees you fit to receive it.

  26. “This is what the Lord says: ‘Everyone who stays in Jerusalem will die from war, famine, or disease, but those who surrender to the Babylonians will live. Their reward will be life. They will live!’ (Jeremiah 38:2 NLT)

    There is a great similarity in our culture today. The principle is trust the Lord, lose your “self” and you will find life. 

    Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? (Matthew 16:24-26 NLT)

  27. 8 Ebedmelech went forth out of the king’s house, and spake to the king saying,

    9 My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city.

    10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die.

    Had God not directed the steps of Ebedmelech to intercede to the king for Jeremiah, we probably would never known his name. Yet he was used of God to deliver Jeremiah out of a slow painful death.

    Am I someone God can use to minister to people that are in the middle of a slow death? Can God give me a word of hope to speak to people that will lift them out of the muck and mire of sin and deliver them? Yes He can use me and He can use you. We just have to be willing vessels – not afraid to share with people the HOPE of salvation.

  28. Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.

    Every great preach, prophet and leader in the Bible was forced in place of isolation. That place of isolation isn’t meant to break you or destroy you but to get you closer to God and finish what he has called you to do. When Moses was in the desert a place of desolation and barrenness that’s where he found God.when Elijah found himself in a broken place alone that’s where God nurtured him and brought him up.we can’t be afraid of the barrenness and isolated places because it’s God trying to get your attention.

  29. 20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

    Even when things get so dark and hopeless, It is better to obey God.
    Zedekiah was more afraid of his peers, the princes of Judah, than he was of God. He wanted to hear from God, but, he didn’t want to obey.
    Sometimes what friends and family think is more important to us than what God thinks. The message is clear, “obey and thy soul shall live”.

  30. Advice

    There is no shortage of advice. Some from trusted vetted people and plenty from those who may only have our ear and attention for a moment. How do we weight the good and bad and filter out what is good, harmful or no impact at all? King Zedekiah succumbed to the advice of his officials and allowed Jeremiah to be thrown into a pit. He then listened to another official and saved Jeremiah. A perfect example of poor leadership in my opinion.

    Of course, people in leadership roles make mistakes in some decisions that are made. However, with as mush information as is written for this specific incident, the King did not do his due diligence in fully understanding the why Jeremiah was making his claims. Good leadership would have gathered all the parties together and discussed the details. Back a few chapters it is clear the king did not believe Jeremiah.

    So, how do we live our lives with so much information bombarding us from all angles all the time? First, consider; does it make us afraid or fear something other than a Godly fear? If we allow fear to dictate our decisions we will gravitate towards advice that satisfies our fear rather than good judgment.

  31. “Ebed-melech went forth out of the king’s house, and spake to the king, saying, My Lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city.”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭38:8-9‬ ‭KJV
    No one, no one can keep us (the church) silent! We are here to proclaim truth in our city! Our song must be louder than the song of this world.

    Our city shall be saved! Good word last night for sure. To GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!!!!

  32. Jeremiah 38

    15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, if I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?

    The king wants to know what God said but Jeremiah is afraid to tell the king what our Lord said. He is afraid that he will be put to death. We all may face a time when God tells us what we should do, and may be afraid to do what God says, but always follow what God tells us to do.
    Thank you Jesus for this day.

  33. vs-4
    God and country?
    We make a mistake when we assume that priorities of God and country are always the same. The officials who complained that Jeremiah was weakening the peoples morale were undoubtedly correct. But did this make him a traitor? Jeremiah put Gods Word and values first and believed that if his country did the same, all would be well.
    We need to follow Jeremiahs example. God must be put first, country a distant second. And when the two are in conflict , we must make Jeremiahs choice and be faithful to God.

  34. v20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey,I beseech thee , the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

    Obedience is the way that we show our faith and love for God.
    God is concerned about people that he even became human through Jesus Christ in order to save mankind.
    HE will make special provisions to reach one hungry heart.

    It’s Harvest Time !

  35. 27 Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived.

    Secrets and things that are hidden come to light eventually. God, knows what goes on even when we don’t think he’s paying attention. The princes wanted to kill Jeremiah for discouraging the men but the king wanted no part of his blood shed. Jeremiah, was put in a dungeon to starve and rot. The king must of had enough fear of the Lord to make a secret inquiry of Jeremiah. He met with him and gained counsel of what the Lord had to say. Like any man he expressed his fear of being mocked for surrendering. Jeremiah, ultimately made the point is it better to surrender and live or rebel and die?

    This meeting was hush-hush! The king knew the princes wanted Jeremiah killed. These were his own children but still he told the man of God to lie about the topic of their conversation. Jeremiah did as the king requested. Was it right to lie? No. Did it keep him alive? Yes. He did what his ruler asked him to do in order to save his skin. It kept peace until the day the Babylonians came to take over.

  36. 17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon’s princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house:

    18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.

    Two thousand plus years later and each and everyone of us has battled with surrendering our will for the will of God . Choosing comfort and known torture over the uncomfortable unknown place. His will is always better then ours. It’s always worth going to the known uncomfortable places with Jesus.

    “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” — Jeremiah 29:11

  37. 21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the Lord hath shewed me:

    Disobedience to the words that come from a man or women of God is dis obedience to God. It is equally important fir the servant of God. Did obedience to deliver the word if God to a people us direct disobedience to God

  38. 3 Thus saith the Lord, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon’s army, which shall take it.

    God’s word will always come to pass. His word is true and a sure thing. No matter what else may happen, you can always count on God to do what he says. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding.

  39. But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

    As Jeremiah asked the king to obey the word of the Lord the man of God over the church asked the people to obey God’s word not for him but for the people. So the people can live in blessings and joy.

  40. “Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.”
    Jeremiah 38:20 NLT

    We have to decide if we’re going to obey Jesus or not. God is in control no matter what the situation is. God has made the way and He will see us through it. But we got to seek him first. He will supply all of our needs. Disobedience will lead you to the path of distraction and death.

  41. 11 So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.
    12 And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.
    13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.

    So many people are stuck in their mire, starving to death, needing someone to help them out, and show them Jesus. They might never be freed from what has the captive, but they can be saved from a spiritual dead, far waited than anything imaginable.

  42. “Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you. But if you refuse to surrender, this is what the Lord has revealed to me:”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭38:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Have faith in trust in the Lord plan. Surrender your self to the Jesus. Repent daily ask for guidance and obedients.

  43. 3 Thus saith the Lord, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon’s army, which shall take it.

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart His word can’t fail, His word won’t fail.” That was the chorus of a song that I thought of while reading this. God will never leave or fail us. His promises will always be true, and stay true! I pray tonight that we let go and let God have His way in all of our l lives!!!

  44. “Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭38:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    There is not a time where God has let us down, there is not a time where he hasn’t given us the strength to overcome any situation we have faced. It is time that we make the decision to turn from our evil ways and sins and turn fully unto the Lord, continue his works and obey every word he speaks to us. When you put God first in your life, when you make him the center of your life, your life will change in miraculous ways.

  45. ““But I am afraid to surrender,” the king said, “for the Babylonians may hand me over to the Judeans who have defected to them. And who knows what they will do to me!” Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭38:19-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Following God’s instructions, no matter how easy or how hard, will always lead to life. Sometimes that life is in eternally heaven and not just worldly but nonetheless that’s the greatest life of all!

  46. 15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?
    16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the Lord liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life.

    Living a life after Him, is being gracious and having mercy. Protecting the innocent, doing what we can to make another human being’s life better, giving in encouragement rather than talking down on them and preaching on their faults. Encourage our friends, family, and foes. I want to be more like Jesus.

  47. 2 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague, but whoever goes over to the Babylonians[b] will live. They will escape with their lives; they will live.’ NIV

    We need to listen to what God is telling us, no matter the situation.

  48. 20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

    Blessings follow obedience!

  49. “But Jeremiah said, “They will not hand you over [to them]. Please obey [the voice of] the Lord [who speaks to you through me] in what I am saying to you. Then it will go well with you and you will live.”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭38:20‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    When the voice of the lord is spoken to us it is in our court of whether we choose to obey or disobey. When we obey we reap the benefits but when we disobey we deal with consequences. There is always a choice. We make the choice at the end of the day. When god speaks will you listen and obey or will that voice go in one ear out the other? The choice is always ours.

  50. Then Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, heard the words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD, He that remaineth in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live. Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.
    Jeremiah 38:1‭-‬2‭, ‬6 KJV

    Many times people will rather get rid off you. Turn you off, or kill you from their lives rather than hear the truth and warning you bring to them.

  51. 20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

    I have listened to too many voices in my life that have been negative on my life, from people that I looked up to or that were authority in my life and felt like giving up, but I refuse to ever listen to negativity ever again because I will listen to what Jesus says in his word that I can do all things through him and that my soul shall live when I obey him. Jesus let us not listen to the discouraging things around us but just listen to your voice because it is never wrong and it is life.

  52. Jeremiah Chapter 38

    28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken.

    God takes care of his own.

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