Jeremiah told the remnant to stay in Judah. But Johanan persuades them to flee to Egypt. Jeremiah prophecies that Nebuchadnezzar will easily conquer Egypt.
VERSE 1. When Jeremiah had finished speaking to all the people all the words of the LORD their God, with which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words,
VERSE 2. then Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, Yochanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men spoke, saying to Jeremiah, “You speak falsely. The LORD our God has not sent you to say, ‘You shall not go into Egypt to live there;’
the proud men spoke. Arrogant people are almost always the quickest ones to speak. They blurt out their ideas in order to persuade people.
You speak falsely. That is, “You are telling a lie!” When arrogant people hear something they don’t like, they reject it. Not only do they reject the message itself, but they also reject the messenger as well.
VERSE 3. but Baruch the son of Neriah has turned you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Kasdim, that they may put us to death, and carry us away captive to Babylon.”
Baruch the son of Neriah. He was the friend and secretary of Jeremiah.
VERSE 4. So Yochanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, didn’t obey the LORD’s voice, to dwell in the land of Judah.
didn’t obey the LORD’s voice. This was a grave mistake.
VERSE 5. But Yochanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, who had returned from all the nations where they had been driven, to live in the land of Judah;
the remnant of Judah. a very small remnant. The Bible describes a uniquely faithful group of believers called “the remnant.” Are they Jewish or Christians? Now or in the future? Who are they really? Read more »
VERSE 6. the men, and the women, and the children, and the king’s daughters, and every person who Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan; and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah;
VERSE 7. and they came into the land of Egypt; for they didn’t obey the LORD’s voice: and they came to Tahpanhes.
they came into the land of Egypt. This is exactly what Jeremiah had told them NOT to do.
they didn’t obey the LORD’s voice. This was their downfall.
the LORD’s word came to Jeremiah. This is the second time the LORD God called Jeremiah to perform a symbolic act. The first time was back in chapter 13. It involved a linen belt:
Jeremiah 13:1. The LORD said to me, “Go, and buy yourself a linen belt, and put it on your waist, and don’t put it in water.”
VERSE 9. “Take great stones in your hand, and hide them in mortar in the brick work, which is at the entry of Pharaoh’s house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah;
VERSE 10. and tell them, the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: ‘Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne on these stones that I have hidden; and he will spread his royal pavilion over them.
set his throne on these stones. The place where Jeremiah buried the stones will be the exact place where Nebuchadnezzar will spread the royal canopy of his throne.
VERSE 11. He will come, and will strike the land of Egypt; such as are for death will be put to death, and such as are for captivity to captivity, and such as are for the sword to the sword.
VERSE 12. I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt. He will burn them, and carry them away captive. He will array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd puts on his garment; and he will go out from there in peace.
VERSE 13. He will also break the pillars of Beth Shemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and he will burn the houses of the gods of Egypt with fire.’ ”
NASB translation. He will also shatter the obelisks of Heliopolis, which is in the land of Egypt; and the temples of the gods of Egypt he will burn with fire.
He will also shatter the obelisks. Some peope think all obelisks should be smashed, even in our day. The most famous ones are in Washington, D.C. and at the Vatican.
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