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Friday, October 2 2015

Jeremiah 37: Truth versus Politics

"Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?"

Jeremiah was a Levite, living in the tribal territory of Benjamin (see No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?), which was in the Kingdom of Judah (see Why Didn't Jeremiah Live In The Kingdom Of Israel?).

"1:1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 1:2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign." (Jeremiah 1:1-2 KJV)

Jerusalem was then the capital city of the Kingdom of Judah i.e. the capital city of the Israelite tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah). As such, Jeremiah could go anywhere in the territories of Judah, Benjamin and Levi without leaving the Kingdom of Judah - of which Jeremiah was a patriotic native-born citizen and lifelong resident.

Jeremiah As is just as typical of politicians today, the "leaders" of the corrupt regime (see also Solomon's Regime) were devilishly skillful at deflecting the truth about themselves. They "fired back" with anything (see Why Does Satan Love Liars?) that they could in order to falsely accuse anyone who confronted them with the Truth.

For many years, Jeremiah had been ignored by the kings of Judah in favour of the "yes men" stooge prophets of the corrupt regime (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers). But when everything that Jeremiah said would happen began to undeniably happen, as obvious proof that the false prophets were indeed false prophets, they again desperately needed something to take the pressure off themselves - so they falsely accused Jeremiah of fleeing the kingdom as he was going to his own home in Benjamin of Judah - something that he had routinely done all of his life, the same as everyone else. It was a nonsensical lie that the self righteous people nevertheless wanted to hear and believe, so Jeremiah was incarcerated in their vigilante prison: "Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison."

"37:1 And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah. 37:2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which he spake by the prophet Jeremiah.

37:3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto the LORD our God for us.

37:4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people: for they had not put him into prison. 37:5 Then Pharaoh's army was come forth out of Egypt: and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they departed from Jerusalem.

37:6 Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying,

37:7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to enquire of me; Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land. 37:8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire.

37:9 Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart. 37:10 For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.

37:11 And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army, 37:12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people. 37:13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.

37:14 Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes. 37:15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison.

37:16 When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days; 37:17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from the LORD?

And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.

37:18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison? 37:19 Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land? 37:20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there.

37:21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they should give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city were spent.

Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison." (Jeremiah 37:1-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: "Jew" is simply an abbreviation of Judah. How then did the people of the tribes of Benjamin and Levi also become known as Jews after the united kingdom of Israel was divided into the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah?
See Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings and Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah

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This Day In History, October 2

1187: Saladin, the sultan of Syria, captured Jerusalem from the Church of Rome's "Crusaders" who had taken their turn of holding the city (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1263: King Alexander III successfully defended Scotland from an invasion by King Haakon IV of Norway.

1535: French explorer Jacques Cartier renamed a small village in Quebec as Montreal.

1608: The first telescope was demonstrated by its inventor, Hans Lippershey of the Netherlands (although Galileo Galilei is often incorrectly regarded as the inventor of the telescope, he was actually the first to use it for astronomy).

A Dutch Telescope 1780: John Andre, an active-duty British Army officer during the New England rebellion, was hung as a "spy" by the rebels of the colonies.

1835: The Texas Rebellion against Mexico began with the Battle of Gonzales. Texas became independent of Mexico in 1836, before joining the United States of New England (the former 13 colonies) in 1845, but succeeded from the U.S. in 1861 to join the Confederate States of America during the U.S. Civil War.

1836: Charles Darwin returned to Falmouth, England, after 5 years of exploration of the southern oceans aboard the HMS Beagle (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution to understand how present-day scientists have changed Darwin's original writings).

1853: Austria passed a law which outlawed the ownership of land by Jews.

1870: In a plebiscite, the Papal States voted for union with Italy. The country's capital moved from Florence to Rome (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).

1901: The first submarine commissioned by the British navy was launched.

1910: The first collision of 2 aircraft occurred, in the air over Milan, Italy.

1919: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke which left him partially paralyzed.

1924: Delegates at the League of Nations meeting in Geneva adopted a protocol aimed at resolving all international disputes by arbitration. The Second World War followed a few years later (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1935: Italian forces invaded Abyssinia. Apart from seeking revenge for Italy's defeat at Adua in 1896, Mussolini had imperialist ambitions in Africa. The Italian occupation lasted until 1941. Mussolini had regarded himself as the new leader of the Roman Empire, but he was too late - it had moved north, into Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire).

1940: During the Second World War, the Empress of Britain, on route to Canada with children being sent to safety from the bombing of Britain, was sunk by a Nazi submarine. British warships rescued most of the 634 children and crew.

1958: The Republic of Guinea in west Africa achieved independence from France.

1964: Scientists announced their findings that smoking causes lung cancer.

1979: While speaking at the U.N. in New York City, Pope John Paul II denounced all present-day concentration camps and torture.

1985: A joint U.S.-French expedition announced that it had found the Titanic.



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