Jeremiah 43 Commentary
The word of the LORD is great only when it agrees with men’s opinions. And this time around the word of the LORD didn’t agree with men’s opinion. It was trashed; the prophet Jeremiah cited for lying; and men’s opinion prevailed.
Egypt. Yes. It is Egypt again. Israel has scattered herself – fleeing even when no one is chasing you. Fear, perhaps, but self-scattering nevertheless.
Is the LORD surprised by this decision? No. Absolutely no. What we call men’s opinion is actually called disobedience and the LORD saw it coming. The LORD God had shown this movie to His servant, the prophet Moses.
“The Lord will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.” Deuteronomy 28 verse 68.
We can read verses 62 to 68 of Deuteronomy 28 and see how everything is playing out here. There is also the confusion of mind – also mentioned in the same chapter of Deuteronomy. It is a scary thought but the truth could be that we are all actors in a pre-recorded movie. Huge chunks of this movie are actually what we find in the holy script.
Israel has sold herself to evil and the movie is now playing. It flows exactly as determined. There is a course that a life of disobedience follows. To hope for a better ending from disobedience is the greatest lie ever. It is the same lie that the devil sold in the Garden of Peace and Tranquility. Watch your own life and see what comes out of disobedience! Ponder the facts and look back to the realities of the word of the LORD.
Jeremiah is one of the exiles, by force.
The picture is terrible. You easily understand why the LORD kept on telling Judah to repent. At the same time, we also can understand why the prophet is now in Egypt. The now-aged prophet continues to speak the word of the LORD to the exiles in Egypt, much like the younger Ezekiel would in Babylon. The LORD still speaks to the sinner even in his or her land of exile. One just has to turn and see the generosity of the LORD.
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