Today Johanan and others ask Jeremiah to inquire of the Lord “that the Lord your God may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do.” The Lord responds, “If you will remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down.” “Do not go to Egypt!” God knows they are hypocrites in their hearts when they inquire of the Lord.
So Johanan ignores the Word of God and goes to Egypt, taking Jeremiah with the other captives. On the way there, God has a message for them bc of their disobedience. He says that He is sending Nebuchadnezzar against Egypt and “he shall strike the land of Egypt and deliver to death those appointed for death, and to captivity those appointed for captivity, and to the sword those appointed for the sword.” The Lord is going to destroy the people for trusting in Egypt and their false gods but he always leaves a remnant. “Yet a small number who escape the sword shall return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah; and all the remnant of Judah…shall know whose words still stand, Mine or theirs.”
Over in Babylon, about 12 years into Ezekiel’s captivity, word got back to him that Jerusalem has fallen. During these 12 years the Lord has withheld Ezekiel from speaking freely; he could speak only what the Lord told him to say. But today the Lord removes the muteness from Ezekiel. The people have been complaining about losing the land to which they believe they are entitled, so the Lord tells them that the land was His and He made it desolate bc of their abominations. He also rebukes the people for coming to hear Ezekiel speak the Word of God “but they do not do them, for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.”
More from Ezekiel tomorrow so keep reading.
(Jeremiah 42:1-44:30, Ezekiel 33:21-33)