Jeremiah and Ebed-Melech are preserved during this holocaust. The people are cast out of the land, as Adam and Eve were from Eden. The Lord leaves Jeremiah amongst the survivors as His messenger.
A fair amount of time passes in this passage. In the few minutes it takes us to read, at least two years pass all up (maybe more). It’s a good helper to read 2 Chronicles 36 as we read these passages.
Deeper, we see that great events happen. Particularly the merciless culling of the nobles of Judah, of king Zedekiah’s sons (think lineage), and the blinding of Zedekiah himself.
This happened for a number of reasons (from different perspectives).
The most important one being that Zedekiah didn’t listen to God. Neither did the nobles.
God said SURRENDER!
Instead, they chose to trust in worldly powers, in things other than the one, true, God who is alive.
However. There is faithfulness here too. The Lord’s steadfast love and faithfulness shown to Jeremiah and to Ebed-melech.
“… But you shall have your life as a prize of war, because you have put your trust in me, declares the LORD.”
And even deeper, look at the thread of God’s covenant in who was left.
“Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, left in the land of Judah some of the poor people who owned nothing, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.”
There’s a clear image here of our own salvation. Who is left to caretake the vineyards and fields? The poor, the lowly, those without human standing.
Humility is such an important truth we must wrestle with as we are saved and then continually as we are sanctified.
Because in and of ourselves we ARE poor, lowly and without standing. There is NOTHING of us that recommends us to God.
So we come back again to the most wonderful of truths, the best and better story – Jesus!
Hallelujah, what a Saviour! It is in HIM that we find our standing, our riches, our strength. In HIM we are saved.
* Gracious Father,
Thank You for Jesus. Thank You that it is His righteousness that stands for us, Your people.
Thank You that through His sacrifice, His blood shed, we are saved.
Amen, and Hallelujah!