Jeremiah 42 Commentary

Jeremiah 42 Commentary

Chapter 42 is unique in its emphasis on restoration. Even at this stage, late stage, the LORD is interested in Israel. It is yet another opportunity that the decimated community of God’s people has to return to the LORD.

The compassion of the LORD is at full display. The LORD would plant them and not uproot them.

Previously, the message had been one of desperation and hopelessness. The LORD was determined to uproot them. It is the message that still remained in case Israel persisted in her tracks.  

There was a rope around Israel’s neck. But importantly, Israel had an option. Would she trust the LORD God and experience a fresh start?

Jeremiah waits for the word of the LORD for 10 days. He wasn’t the manufacturer of prophecies. He was simply an obedient messenger. Men and women have always never wanted to be on the waiting list. We want instant answers – instant service. The LORD has his own timetable!

Behind the military campaign of Nebuchadnezzar is the hand of the LORD. Down here we have our own classifications: acts of God and acts of man. Famine and plague could either be man-made or acts of God but that is for human beings. These are means by which the LORD inflicts punishment on Israel.

A change of location won’t change a man’s fortunes. Egypt isn’t a safe haven; obedience is. Jeremiah delivers the word of the LORD with a heart that says, please, please. His tone mocks any human effort aimed at resolving troubles by changing location. It is the heart that must be changed.

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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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