Because You Trust in Me
Lord, what You have said comes to pass. There is no foundation and no refuge besides You. I will follow only You.
Read Jeremiah 39:1-18
 In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege to it.  And on the ninth day of the fourth month of Zedekiah’s eleventh year, the city wall was broken through.  Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came and took seats in the Middle Gate: Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekim a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officials of the king of Babylon.  When Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled; they left the city at night by way of the king’s garden, through the gate between the two walls, and headed toward the Arabah.  But the Babylonian army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. They captured him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him.  There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and also killed all the nobles of Judah.  Then he put out Zedekiah’s eyes and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.  The Babylonians set fire to the royal palace and the houses of the people and broke down the walls of Jerusalem.  Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard carried into exile to Babylon the people who remained in the city, along with those who had gone over to him, and the rest of the people.  But Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard left behind in the land of Judah some of the poor people, who owned nothing; and at that time he gave them vineyards and fields.  Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had given these orders about Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard:  “Take him and look after him; don’t harm him but do for him whatever he asks.”  So Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard, Nebushazban a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officers of the king of Babylon  sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard. They turned him over to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.  While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him:  “Go and tell Ebed-Melek the Cushite, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words against this city-words concerning disaster, not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes.  But I will rescue you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear.  I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the LORD.'” Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectHow had Ebed-Melek demonstrated his trust in God?
What’s the test of whether or not a prophet really is speaking for God? When what they prophesy about the future actually happens (28:9; cf. Deut. 18:20-22). Jeremiah was exactly right: this is just how he said things would go down (1-9; 38:18). The tragedy that Jeremiah had warned Zedekiah of came true. He would not escape despite his final twisting and turning (4). It was a terrible end for a terrible king. In the midst of the rubble and slaughter, there was still hope. Ebed-Melek had risked his neck in chapter 38 by alerting Zedekiah of Jeremiah’s solitary cistern confinement, but he would surely be in the firing line of the Babylonians as a member of the ruling class and Zedekiah’s administration. Though he was a Gentile, an outsider, God recognized his faith and made special provision for him and his safety (15-18). With all of the pain, chaos, and suffering in the city, God had not forgotten nor taken his eye off Ebed-Melek. God never forgets nor neglects us but is wonderfully aware of all the details of our messy lives.
Pray for anyone in your life who needs to know with certainty the promise of God’s faithfulness.
God of justice, thank You that You watch over each of us and You will honor the one who honors You.
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