In Jeremiah 38, Jeremiah is thrown into a water cistern that only had mud at the bottom.  He was left there to die. He was thrown in there by some men of Jerusalem that did not like his prophecies concerning the fate of Jerusalem.  An Ethiopian official serving in the house of King Zedekiah of Judah, told Zedekiah about the mistreatment that Jeremiah had undergone.  Zedekiah sent the official with 30 other men to brig Jeremiah out of the cistern.  Then Zedekiah asked Jeremiah to tell him what the LORD said concerning himself.  Jeremiah told him that the LORD wanted him to go out to the officers of the king of Babylon and if he did so he would live and the city would not be burned.  But if he did not obey the LORD, the city would be given over to the Babylonians and would be burned and Zedekiah would not be spared.  Zedekiah rejected the LORD’s word and it led to the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC.  The thing that stands out to me this morning is the fact that Jeremiah presented the word of the LORD, regardless of what persecution he might undergo.  Honoring the LORD was more important than what men would or could do to him.  LORD, may I be faithful to present Your word not matter what it may cost me.

– Bryan McKenzie

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