THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Jeremiah 43:1-7 __2 Kings 25:26 __Jeremiah 43:8-13
Focal verse(s): Jeremiah 43:11: “He (Nebuchadnezzar) will come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword to those destined for the sword.”
As stated in the last devotional trip, Jonathan and his men should have been serious believers and been ready to do whatever God asked. Jeremiah told them not to flee to Egypt and exactly what the consequences would be if they did. Jonathan and Azariah both called the prophet a liar, accusing him of being part of a conspiracy to hand them and their men over to the Babylonians. Instead of returning to Mizpah, they went south toward Egypt and forced Jeremiah to go with them, finally settling in a town on the northern border of Egypt. Jeremiah did one of his famous “illustrated sermons”: He gathered some big stones and buried them underneath the bricks that paved the entrance to one of the Egyptian government buildings in Tahpanhes (also transliterated Tahapanes or Tehaphnehes; known by the Ancient Greeks as Daphnae), the town where he had been taken. The reason Jeremiah marked this spot was to show the place where Nebuchadnezzar would sit on his throne when he came to destroy Egypt! These exiles which had fled to Egypt would not be able to escape the punishment of disobeying God’s Word. The Word of God never fails, is never wrong, and always comes to pass! Those who run from the Word, disobey it, or try to change it always wind up in a disastrous situation!