Jeremiah 41 Commentary

Jeremiah 41 Commentary

Deuteronomy 28 lists down blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience. Judah has disobeyed and the LORD has swept in to scatter the nation. Disaster still hangs over the nation. But who says there is just one curse called Babylon?

Disobedience activates the curses listed in scripture. The bigger picture is that the LORD is not yet done with Judah. When the LORD looks away, hell breaks loose. It is dog-eat-dog out there. There is a cup of suffering held by a higher power beyond the Babylonian king. The LORD God hasn’t yet emptied it completely.

Gedaliah is an interim governor appointed to look after the nation – whatever can be called a nation. He is assassinated by Ishmael. The motive is not at all clear as Ishmael goes on a rampage killing anyone and everyone in sight. It feels like you are reading the closing chapters of the Book of Judges. Confusion. Fatal confusion.

Disobedience makes you invisible before the holy LORD. You, however, become visible to random, undefined, and ever-present evil darts. You cannot define your own anymore. False hope and false peace and false stability won’t last.

You scatter yourself if no one else does it. So Israel gathers herself up and exiles herself to Egypt. But first, they must hear from the LORD. That is where we start tomorrow.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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