We Will Sacrifice to the Queen of Heaven

September 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Devotional thoughts, False teaching | Leave a comment

Jeremiah 44.  This old passage sounds much like today, people listening to what their itching ears want to hear.  Jeremiah had predicted that King Jehoiachin would be carried off as a captive; he had predicted that Babylon would surround the city of Jerusalem; he had predicted that King Zedekiah would be captured; he had predicted that the city would be destroyed.  Everything he predicted came true, yet many refused to believe him.  After the destruction of Jerusalem, some of the remaining people thought it might be wise to take refuge in Egypt.  They came and asked Jeremiah to inquire of the Lord about the matter.  They promised to do whatever Jeremiah said was God’s word for them.  “Whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, we will listen to the voice of the Lord our God.” (42:1-6) After praying for ten days, Jeremiah returned to them with God’s answer:  Stay in this land and God will bless you here (42:10-12); don’t go to Egypt or you will die there (42:13-22).  The people refused to believe God’s word through Jeremiah.  They went to Egypt anyway and took Jeremiah and Baruch with them as captives (43:1-7), then they sacrificed to the gods of the Egyptians (44:7-10).  So God again spoke through Jeremiah, telling of the coming destruction of Egypt by Babylon (43:8-13) and of the destruction of those who took refuge there (44:1-14).

          The response of the men to this prophecy is interesting.  “We will not listen to you; instead we will sacrifice to the queen of heaven.”  The reason is that when they sacrificed to the Egyptian goddess, so they thought, they had plenty, but “since we stopped,” they added, “we have lacked everything and have met our end by the sword and famine.” (44:16-19).  Isn’t that just like people today?  With a total disregard for truth, they follow whatever seems to make them prosper.

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