Jeremiah 44

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As the people settled in Egypt, Jeremiah again received revelation from the Lord (verse 1).  The Lord showed Jeremiah the consequences the people had chosen (verse 2) because of their wickedness and refusing to follow the safe way God had prepared for them (verse 3).  The Lord tells Jeremiah that not only did the people choose this, but He warned them again and again before delivering the consequences they had chosen (verse 4).  Not only did they not listen to Him, but they worshiped false gods instead (verse 5).  Because of this, He says, destruction came to the Jews (verse 6) and they have been spiritually cut off from their rightful blessings (verse 7).

The Lord mourns that He has so much to give the Jews, but they reject these blessings by worshiping other gods and not doing what He commanded them would make them happiest (verse 8).  He reminds them of their history, and of the wickedness that brought the destruction of Jerusalem, and asks them why they would do the same thing in Egypt (verse 9).  The people have learned nothing, He says, and not humbled themselves or worked to become obedient (verse 10).

This is why the Lord delivers them now to their own consequences (verse 11), and how specifically the people have chosen their consequences by how they behaved and interacted with each other (verse 12).  They have declared their own punishment by rejecting His words (sword), refusing the Spirit (famine), and choosing iniquity (pestilence) (verse 13).  None shall escape (verse 14), even those who already experienced the first destruction (verse 15).

The people refuse again to listen to Jeremiah when he tells them all this (verse 15), and tells him to stop prophesying because they are not going to listen or do what he says (verse 16).  They tell him they will keep doing what they want and keep on worshiping false gods (verse 17).  The people tell Jeremiah that they choose this way because the famine continued even after they stopped worshiping false gods (verses 18-19).

Jeremiah explained to them (verse 20) that even after we stop sinning, it still takes time for natural consequences to play out (verse 21).  That is not the same as the Lord not hearing our prayers or moving in our favor.  Even after we stop sinning we still must endure the consequences already chosen (verse 22).  Because they worshiped false gods, he says (verse 23), they must pay those specific consequences (verse 24).

Jeremiah tells the people that the Lord knows they have chosen to continue worshiping false gods (verse 25), and so he assures them they have chosen their consequences of destruction (verse 26).  The Lord tells them that since they have rejected Him and chosen other gods, they have also rejected their blessings and inherited nothing from gods who do not exist and so can give them nothing (verse 27).  Only a remnant will survive, the Lord says (verse 28).  This will be a sign to the people that the Lord is real (verse 29): that even the Egyptian pharaoh will be conquered, just as king Zedekiah was conquered by Babylon (verse 30).

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