Zedekiah is given a graphic message from the Lord that will preserve him and his family and kingdom – submit to the Iraqi king. All the prophets in the church at that time told a different story – resist and God will bless you with victory. Read the biblical test for prophets – Deuteronomy 13. History confirms Jeremiah!
There is good symmetry in reading 2 Chronicles 36 alongside this passage from Jeremiah.
From that Chronicles chapter, we read of the time of King Zedekiah (who did what was evil in the sight of the Lord), “The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place.”
This is Jeremiah (amongst others)! Jeremiah was to preach God’s word to His people, in and out of season, to call them to repentance.
We read in this Chronicles passage that what the Lord says will happen through Jeremiah does happen!
The vessels of the house of God, which the false preachers/prophets of the day were saying would “be fine” – These important and meaningful vessels (good to remember they’re only shadows of the heavenly realities) they _were_ taken away into Babylon, into exile.
Jeremiah’s words are a constant encouragement and conviction to us to bend the knee, to bow our heads, to submit ourselves under God’s will for us.
In Matthew 11 we read Jesus saying, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Our freedom lies in being yoked to Christ. Let us never forget this. Freedom is not throwing off the shackles of obedience and submission. But it _is_ making sure we obey and submit to the right authority – Jesus.
Let’s be encouraged, as the Lord through Jeremiah encouraged His people back then, to submit under His will, to take up His yoke.
* Lord God,
Please help us as we wrestle with submitting under Your will. Please strengthen our faith, that we might learn each day what it means to walk in obedience to You.
May we take up the yoke of Jesus, our Lord and King.