Jeremiah Buys a Field During the Siege
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him. Zedekiah had said, ‘Why do you prophesy and say: Thus says the Lord: I am going to give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it;
Devotion by Rochelle Lofstrand
Today’s scripture is a prelude to more of the predictions of this chapter, both threatenings and promises, which are much the same with what we have already met with again and again. At this time, Jeremiah was imprisoned in the dungeon beneath the palace while the Babylonian army was surrounding and attacking Jerusalem. Jeremiah was imprisoned by King Zedekiah because he continued to prophesy that the city would be conquered by the king of Babylon, not King Zedekiah. As this story continues to unfold over the next few days, use today’s words as a reminder to keep focus on the Word of God. For when things look meek and dreary, God always has a way to show us the Way.
God, thank you for today’s reminder to stay focused on you and on the hope and love you instill within me every day. AMEN