Jeremiah's Mysterious Movements
And now the first part
of Jeremiah's strange commission is accomplished!
So far as the world could see, or has seen since, the dynasty of David had ended!
No king remained on the throne. Judah's last king was dead.
All his sons were dead.
All other princes who might be possible heirs to carry on the dynasty had been killed.
No possible heir of Zedekiah to the throne, so the world then believed, remained alive.
But how about the
second part of Jeremiah's great commission?
Was God able to keep his covenant with David?
Was he able to plant, and rebuild that throne?
Jeremiah was among these captives
Yet he must remain free to carry out the second part of his mission.
So, "the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him...
behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand.
If it seem good to thee to come with me into Babylon,
come; and I wilt look well unto thee:
but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear;
behold all the land is before thee:
whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go ...
So the captain of the guard
gave him victuals and a reward [expense money]
and let him go" (Jeremiah 40:1-5).
Jeremiah was left free to perform the second half of his commission.
did he go?
We come now to an amazing, fascinating, thrilling part of the book of Jeremiah, which has been almost entirely overlooked.
"Then went Jeremiah unto Gedeliah, to Mizpah;
and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land" (6th verse).
Now this Gedeliah had been made governor by the king
over a remnant of Jews in the land, and since Jerusalem was destroyed,
he had made Mizpah his headquarters.
But the king of Ammon plotted with a Jew named Ishmael to assassinate Gedeliah.
The plot was executed; the governor and part of the
Jews were slain.
Jeremiah was among the survivors.
"Then Ishmael carried away captive
all the residue of the people that were in Mizpah,
even the king's daughters,
and all the people that remained in Mizpah,
whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard [from Babylon] had committed to Gedeliah...
and carried them away captives, and departed to go over to the Ammonites" (Jeremiah 41:10).
Ah! Did you catch it?
Read that passage again.
Among these Jews were the king's daughters!
Daughters of Zedekiah, king of Judah and of David's dynasty!
King Zedekiah had died. All his sons had been killed. All possible heirs of Zedekiah to David's throne had been killed, except the king's Daughters!
we see why Jeremiah went to Mizpah!
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