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Back to Egypt!

Scripture reading for August 16th: Jeremiah 40-45

“Then all the army officers, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest approached Jeremiah the prophet and said, “Please hear our petition and pray to the Lord your God for this entire remnant.  For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left.  Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.”“May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends you to tell us.” (Jeremiah 42:1-3,5)

This is a preacher’s and a prophet’s dream:  people coming to them for God’s direction and vowing to obey whatever God  says!  These people were a small remnant that was left from the captivity and had survived the assassination of their appointed leader.  It seemed like they were ready to hear, so Jeremiah went away to pray.  Ten days later, he brought them God’s directions.  God told them in no uncertain terms what they were to do.  They were to stay in the land and care for it and God would care for them.  If they chose to go to Egypt, they would suffer and die there, never to return to the land.  (Jeremiah 42:7-18)

It was a simple word and easy to understand.  There was one problem, however.  These people did not believe it because they had already decided what they wanted to do.  The wanted to return to Egypt and felt that there they would have plenty to eat and protection.  They loaded up all their possessions and the people and headed for Egypt in defiance to God’s word and instructions! (Jeremiah 43:1-7)

Egypt represents a type of the world and the ways of the flesh.  When God’s people live in fear rather than faith, they often run to Egypt.  Egypt represents man’s strength and dependence on the works of his own hands.  Egypt was full of idols and its religion was sensuous and lust-driven.   This group of Israelites that went to Egypt had been worshiping the “Queen of Heaven”, a female fertility goddess, even while in Israel.  They were drawn to Egypt where they could indulge more freely! (Jeremiah 44:15-19)  God in judgment, gave them what they chose, resulting in their destruction!

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