Jeremiah, with Royal Seed for Replanting, Escapes
Soon a man named Johanan replaced Ishmael as leader.
And in fear of reprisals from Nebuchadnezzar and the Chaldean army, they appealed to the prophet,
"and said unto Jeremiah the prophet,
Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God...
that the Lord thy God may show us the way wherein we may walk" (Jeremiah 42:2-3).
The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, and he told them not to fear, that he would protect and deliver them.
But the people wanted to flee to Egypt.
This the Lord warned them not to do.
If they did,
the sword of Nebuchadnezzar, which they feared, would overtake them there and they would die (Jeremiah 42:7-16).
But, as people usually
do, they rejected God's warning.
"Thou speakest falsely," Johanan answered (Jeremiah 48:2-3).
And so Johanan "took all the remnant .......
even men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters...
and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah, Jeremiah's scribe, or secretary.
So they came into the land of Egypt" (Jeremiah 48:5-7).
Baruch was Jeremiah's constant
companion and secretary.
It is important to note here God's promise of protection to him:
"Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto thee, o Baruch...
Behold, that which I have built I will break down,
and that which I have planted I will pluck up,
even this whole but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest" (Jeremiah 45:2-5).
His life, like Jeremiah's, was under divine protection!
On reaching Egypt, God warned these Jews again through
that they would die there by the sword and famine,
and "none shall return but such as shall escape" (Jeremiah 44:12-14).
A few in this company are under divine protection. A divine mission is
to be performed. They shall escape!
The Lord continues: "Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah"
Jeremiah, Baruch, and the royal seed for replanting and rebuilding David's throne, all under divine protection, were to escape, and return to the land of Judah.
Then Jeremiah and his company were to journey to a strange land which they knew not (Jeremiah 15:11-14).
Now let Isaiah complete this
"For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant,
and they that escape out of Mount Zion:
the zeal of the Lord of Hosts shall do this.
And the remnant that escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward,
and bear fruit upward" (Isaiah 37:32, 31).
remnant of Judah survived the Assyrian onslaught in Isaiah's day,
as did a remnant in Jeremiah's day.
This prophecy, like many, is dual.
This remnant with Jeremiah and at least one of the king's daughters shall take root downward!
That is, be replanted! And then bear fruit upward! Be built!
God failed in his solemn covenant to keep alive David's throne?
Where was this planting and building?
Can we find it in God's Word?
The place and the people, among whom the throne was reestablished, are clearly identified!
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