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Jeremiah Carried to Egypt

INTRODUCTION: Jerusalem and Judah had already fallen to the Babylonians. However, renegade soldiers had killed the governor that the Babylonians had set up for the people who remained in the land. Now, the people were afraid that they would all be destroyed. Since Jeremiah’s prophecies had always been true, they decided to ask him what they should do. This chapter tells of their response to God’s word.

  1. THE CONCERN OF THE REMNANT (Jeremiah 42:1-6)
    1. The Remnants Identity (Jeremiah 42:1)
      1. All the captains of the forces
      2. Johanan the son of Kareah
      3. Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah
      4. All the people from the least even unto the greatest
    2. The Remnants Request (Jeremiah 42:2-3)
      1. Acceptance before Jeremiah (Jeremiah 42:2)
      2. Prayer unto the LORD (Jeremiah 42:2-3)
        1. For the remnant (Jeremiah 42:2)
        2. For direction (Jeremiah 42:3)
          1. The way wherein the people may walk
          2. The thing the people may do
    3. Jeremiahs Promise (Jeremiah 42:4)
      1. I will pray unto the LORD according to your words.
      2. I will declare unto you all that the LORD shall answer.
    4. The Remnants Promise (Jeremiah 42:5-6)
      1. The LORD is witness between us if we obey not (Jeremiah 42:5).
      2. We will obey the voice of the LORD (Jeremiah 42:6).
        1. Whether it be good
        2. Or whether it be evil
      3. That it may be well with us (Jeremiah 42:6)
  2. THE RESPONSE OF THE LORD (Jeremiah 42:7-22)
    1. The Timing of the Response (Jeremiah 42:7)
      1. After ten days
      2. It took twenty-one days to get a response to Daniel (Daniel 10:11-13).
    2. The Audience for the Response (Jeremiah 42:7-8)
      1. The word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah (Jeremiah 42:7).
      2. Jeremiah delivered the message to the remnant (Jeremiah 42:8).
    3. The Conditions of the Response (Jeremiah 42:9-18)
      1. If ye will still abide in this land (Jeremiah 42:10-12)
        1. God will restore the remnant (Jeremiah 42:10).
          1. I will build you, and not pull you down.
          2. I will plant you, and not pluck you up.
          3. I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.
        2. God will protect the remnant (Jeremiah 42:11).
          1. They need not be afraid of the king of Babylon.
          2. The Lord is with them to save them.
        3. God will shew them mercies (Jeremiah 42:12).
      2. God will shew them mercies (Jeremiah 42:12).
        1. The nature of this response disobedience (Jeremiah 42:13)
        2. The boldness in this response (Jeremiah 42:14)
          1. The place of this boldness - Egypt
          2. The hope of this boldness
            1. We shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet.
            2. We shall know no hunger of bread.
        3. The result of this response (Jeremiah 42:15-18)
          1. Your fears shall overtake you (Jeremiah 42:16-17).
            1. The sword, which ye feared
              1. It shall overtake you in Egypt (Jeremiah 42:16).
              2. You shall die by the sword (Jeremiah 42:17).
            2. The famine, whereof ye were afraid
              1. It shall follow close after you in Egypt (Jeremiah 42:16).
              2. There ye shall die (Jeremiah 42:16-17).
            3. The pestilence (Jeremiah 42:17)
          2. You shall be the recipients of Gods fury (Jeremiah 42:18).
            1. As was poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem
            2. So shall it be poured forth upon those who enter Egypt.
              1. They shall be an execration, astonishment, curse, and a reproach.
              2. They shall see this place no more.
    4. The Admonition from the Lord (Jeremiah 42:19-22)
      1. The admonition to stay out of Egypt (Jeremiah 42:19)
      2. The reminder of the remnants promise (Jeremiah 42:20)
      3. The consequences of rebellion (Jeremiah 42:21-22)
  3. THE REJECTION OF GODS WORD (Jeremiah 43:1-7)
    1. The Leaders of the Rejection (Jeremiah 43:1-2)
      1. Azariah, the son of Hoshaiah
      2. Johanan, the son of Kareah
      3. All the proud men
    2. The Accusation of the Rejection (Jeremiah 43:2-3)
      1. Jeremiah spoke falsely (Jeremiah 43:2).
      2. Baruch desired to deliver them to Babylon (Jeremiah 43:3).
    3. The Act of Rejection (Jeremiah 43:4-7)
      1. The participants of the rejection (Jeremiah 43:4-6)
      2. The prisoners of the rejection Jeremiah and Baruch (Jeremiah 43:6)
      3. The indication of rejection they came into Egypt (Jeremiah 43:7).
  4. THE PROPHECY OF JUDGMENT (Jeremiah 43:8-13)
    1. The Setting of the Prophecy (Jeremiah 43:8)
      1. Given after departure from Judah
      2. Given unto Jeremiah in the land of Egypt
    2. The Sign of the Prophecy (Jeremiah 43:9)
      1. Take great stones in hand and hide them in the clay in the brickkiln.
      2. In the sight of the men of Judah
    3. The Message of the Prophecy (Jeremiah 43:10-13)
      1. Nebuchadnezzar will spread his pavilion into Egypt (Jeremiah 43:10).
      2. He will come in judgment upon the inhabitants (Jeremiah 43:11).
      3. The gods of Egypt will be destroyed (Jeremiah 43:12-13).

CONCLUSION: We consider the Jews foolish because they did not obey God’s commands. They knew His words were true, but rejected them when they did not agree with their opinions. How often do we foolishly disobey God’s word as well?