Jeremiah 41-44: How Far Is Too Far?

Things have not been going very well for the people of Judah. THey have been exiled to Babylon at the hands of king Nebuchadnezzar, and those who were left in Judah, the “remnant”, have received a constant stream of rebukes from the Lord for their rebellion against Him.

THings have become so difficult for them that they decide to go, of all places, back to Egypt, as if going to Egypt has ever turned out well for the people of God. But God calls to them through the prophet Jeremiah and says:

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: If you set your faces to enter Egypt and go to live there, then the sword that you fear shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine of which you are afraid shall follow close after you to Egypt, and there you shall die. All the men who set their faces to go to Egypt to live there shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. They shall have no remnant or survivor from the disaster that I will bring upon them. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: As my anger and my wrath were poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so my wrath will be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You shall become an execration, a horror, a curse, and a taunt. You shall see this place no more. The Lord has said to you, O remnant of Judah, ‘Do not go to Egypt.’

The word of the Lord is clear, “Do not go to Egypt.” But why have I titled this post “How Far Is Too Far?” Because God has shown through the mouth of Jeremiah that there is no place to which the judgment of God cannot go. The people of Judah suffered under the consequences of their own sin while they remained in Jerusalem, and moving to Egypt will not change a thing.

Nowhere is too far for the arm of the Lord to reach.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the long arms of the Lord. His arms are not to short to save. But the reverse is true as well. His arms are not too short to judge. And He will judge all those who run from Him.

Our only recourse is to run to Him. Running toward God is the only way to ensure our safety from His wrath against sin. You see, The people of Judah went down to Egypt anyway, so God sent Nebuchadnezzar to conquer Egypt as well. They could not get away from God’s judgment because they were continually unwilling to turn toward Him.

We must learn from their folly. That’s the whole reason why this is in the Bible in the first place, that we might see the seriousness of our rebellion against God and the comfort that He brings if we turn toward Him. Do not run from Him, because there is no where to far for Him to reach. Run to God, for there is nowhere safer than under the shadow of His wings.

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