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Jeremiah 41 and 42 | Heed the Call of God

Jeremiah 41 and 42 Heed the Call of God
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In today’s Daily Devotional on Jeremiah 41 and 42, we witness a pivotal moment for the remnant of Israel following the fall of Jerusalem and the exile to Babylon. Jeremiah’s prophetic voice resonates, posing a question that echoes through the ages: After enduring enough hardship, are we finally ready to heed the call of God? For encouragement on standing resolute in your faith despite the storms that assail you read the Daily Devotional on Jeremiah 39 and 40.

How to Obey the Voice of the Lord

God’s persistent grace in preserving a remnant and offering chances for renewal, juxtaposed with humanity’s recurrent struggle to heed His voice promptly. These reflections serve as poignant reminders of the perennial struggle between human stubbornness and divine patience, urging readers to examine their own responsiveness to God’s guidance in their lives.

The narrative unfolds with the remnant’s turning point, as they seek Jeremiah’s counsel after the assassination of Governor Gedaliah plunges them into uncertainty. Despite past resistance, they pledge obedience to God’s word through Jeremiah, a pledge tinged with uncertainty yet pregnant with possibility. This pivotal moment encapsulates the perpetual human dilemma of wavering faith and the perennial call to trust in divine wisdom, setting the stage for the unfolding drama of obedience and its consequences in the subsequent chapters of Jeremiah’s prophecy.

Jeremiah 41 and 42 Commentary by Allen J. Huth

After Jerusalem fell and most Jews were carried off to Babylon, the remnant is ready to listen to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 41 and 42. Are you the same? After enough bad happens, are you finally ready to listen to God? Please read or listen to the forty verses of Jeremiah 41 and 42.

In 1991, I read Jeremiah 40-42 on the same day, and wrote, “God keeps a remnant in Judah. He always keeps a few to start over with. Or He leaves a flicker of light in our lives to fan and bring back the flame. Thanks be to God. He won’t snuff me out completely for disobedience. He keeps giving Israel a chance to obey and be blessed. Help me, Jesus, obey and receive Your blessing.”

In 2016, I read these two chapters on the same day and wrote, “Unsettled. Most of Israel was taken captive to Babylon and a remnant remained in Jerusalem. But now their governor is murdered, and most of them are being taken away. God intervenes again to save them and they are returned. They want to know from Jeremiah what to do next. They promise to obey the Lord whether it’s good or bad. Will they really obey the Lord or fail like the others of Israel that are now given into captivity in Babylon because of their disobedience?”

We will find out how the people respond to the prophecy of Jeremiah in the next chapter.

Obey the Voice of God Jeremiah 42:5-6

It is interesting after the murder of the appointed Governor Gedaliah, the people are nervous again about what they are supposed to do. What is their future? Amazingly, they come to Jeremiah and ask him what he thinks. These are the same people that would not listen to him before. This time they promise Jeremiah they are going to listen to what he says. “Then they said to Jeremiah, ‘May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to all the word with which the Lord your God sends you to us. Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the Lord our God’” (42:5-6).

Ha! We shall see! Jeremiah hears from the Lord after ten days and he shares what he hears with the people: stay in the land and be blessed. “Do not go to Egypt” (42:19). Tomorrow, in Jeremiah 43, we will see what the people do.

Prayer for Forgiveness

Lord, as much as we hate to admit it, we are like these people. You try to get our attention over and over and over. We will not listen. We live our own lives the way we want and things do not go well. Then we say to someone, “Pray for me, and this time I will listen to whatever the Lord tells me,” when we should have listened in the first place.

O Lord, forgive us. If that has been our pattern in the past, this time, this time, this time we will listen to You. May it be so as we see the lessons from Jeremiah apply to our lives. This time Lord, help us be true to Your Word. Amen.

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