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!
* Lord God, Your word to us can sometimes be a hard word, sometimes soft, but always life to us. Please teach us today.
“Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people and live.”
What a resounding and shocking word this is!
God tells His people not to rebel and try and fight against the mighty Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar – Instead to submit under this foreign power.
This passage in Jeremiah is a constant encouragement and conviction to us.
Because the root of this decision-making is that we are first bending our knee, first bowing our heads, first submitting under the yoke of GOD’S WILL FOR US.
In Matthew chapter 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.”
This life-altering truth from our King will reveal itself deeper and deeper as we walk the narrow road.
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 under the TRUE AUTHORITY FIRST – God Almighty; Father, Son and Spirit.
Will we take up Jesus’ yoke today and each day onwards?
* Father 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 trusting obedience to You.
Help us take up Your yoke of freedom!