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When he was at the Benjamin Gate, a sentry there named Irijah the son of Shelemiah, son of Hananiah, seized Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “You are deserting to the Chaldeans.” - Jeremiah 37:13 (ESV)
Jeremiah was imprisoned falsely due to false accusations.

It was All Based on a Lie

Jeremiah was falsely imprisoned because he was falsely accused of “going over to the Chaldeans” (NASB). It was a lie. Jeremiah even said so in his protest of being seized at the time, according to verse 14. It was all based on a lie.

It didn’t matter.

But Irijah would not listen to him and seized Jeremiah and brought him to the officials. And the officials were enraged at Jeremiah, and they beat him and imprisoned him in the house of Jonathan the secretary, for it had been made a prison. – Jeremiah 37:15 (ESV)

False Accusations with Brutal Treatment and Cruel Confinement

Jeremiah is seized, beaten, and imprisoned due to the belief that he was an ally of the Chaldeans. He spent “many days” in captivity at the house of Jonathan the scribe. He was there under false accusations and found himself appealing to King Zedekiah to not return to confinement in that same location or potentially die.

Jeremiah also said to King Zedekiah, “What wrong have I done to you or your servants or this people, that you have put me in prison?

Jeremiah 37:18 (ESV)

No matter what Jeremiah had done. He had not lied about the inevitable invasion of Jerusalem and Judah. He had been forthright and straightforward with the words that God had shared with him. Even when summoned by the king of Judah during his imprisonment, Jeremiah still dropped the truth on the king that he would be handed over to the king of Babylon. He even appealed to the king of Judah for some relief from the confinement at Jonathan’s house.

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So King Zedekiah gave orders, and they committed Jeremiah to the court of the guard. And a loaf of bread was given him daily from the bakers’ street, until all the bread of the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

Jeremiah 37:21 (ESV)

Help to Hold Fast

The lies can still hold us in captivity when we have not strayed from the Word of God nor the will of God. We can find ourselves subjected to all kinds of persecution due to our obedience, but we must endure and remain steadfast.

We learn that confinement at Jonathan’s was going to kill Jeremiah, so he made his appeal to the king of Judah. Jeremiah made his appeal in the hopes of the king making things easier for him.

But it wasn’t enough to get him free.

Yet, we watch on as he endures being wrongfully imprisoned and remaining steadfast to God’s direction and orders.

Download the Bible study guide for this week and explore more of what Jeremiah endured and experienced as the Babylonian invasion raged on in Jerusalem.

Look at Jeremiah. His story does not end here. This is not the end for Jeremiah. This is just another leg in the journey for the weeping prophet.

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You have rejected me, declare the Lord; you keep going backward

So I have stretched out my hand against you and destroy you-

I am weary of relenting

Jeremiah 15:6 (ESV)

Four Destroyers Identified by the Lord

The Lord is set to unleash His wrath. He has declared to destroy those in rebellion. In the prior chapter, He brought up how He would consume His people with the sword, famine and pestilence. God is filled with plenty of anger regarding His people and He has plenty to say about their coming doom. In verse 3, God points out that there will be four kinds of destroyers: the sword, dogs, birds, and beasts. He lays out how each will destroy in its own way. It seems like each and every thing that God decides to use has its own purpose in His plan.

God Uses Whatever to Get Our Attention

God is no stranger to using a variety of measures to grab someone’s attention. Can you recall the ten plagues bak in Egypt? After all of that, Pharaoh still sought to take out Moses and the children of Israelites near the Red Sea. That was a whole different type of lesson learned there.

God will use whatever He needs to use in order to get our attention. In this case, it appears that much of this is a reminder to Israel and Judah for their wandering into idolatry, bowing before other gods and walking away from God by refusing to repent.

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Is God done yet? Take a wild guess. We’re scheduled to do each chapter in Jeremiah. That’s 52 chapters. We are only in chapter 15. I can only imagine what else has to say to His people. And there are plenty of weeks ahead of us to let us know that we will see more challenges.

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