Jeremiah 27:1–7

Jeremiah, Liturgy and Devotion

“In the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord. Thus the Lord said to me: “Make yourself straps and yoke-bars, and put them on your neck. Send word to the king of Edom, the king of Moab, the king of the sons of Ammon, the king of Tyre, and the king of Sidon by the hand of the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah. Give them this charge for their masters: ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: This is what you shall say to your masters: “It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me. Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, my servant, and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him. All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes. Then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave.”

— Jeremiah 27:1–7 ESV

Now consider verse 5:

It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me.

I can’t help but chew and stew on these words in this post-election season. So much of the world doesn’t make sense to me, indeed, at times, it seems senseless. So much of our nation’s turmoil is rooted in a lack of humility; a lack of understanding and acceptance of the truth in verse 5.

4 thoughts on “Jeremiah 27:1–7

  1. I was also thinking more about the last verse of Chapter 26, that “…the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah so that he was not given over to the people to be put to death.”

    Shaphan is mentioned in 2 Kings as a highly respected temple scribe. When an old Torah manuscript was found, it was given to Shaphan for safekeeping. He made sure the king read it who then led the nation in repentance and revival. It is thought that the manuscript became a part of what is now known as Deuteronomy. Anyway, Shaphan had a number of sons two of which, Shaphan and Gedeliah, had roles in supporting and saving Jeremiah.

    Bottom line, those who stick with the higher ground of moral righteousness sometimes attract the support of other powerful godly men so you don’t get lynched!

    1. Bottom line, those who stick with the higher ground of moral righteousness sometimes attract the support of other powerful godly men so you don’t get lynched!

      What a great observation. I have found that to be true as well.

  2. Yes, what’s really post-election incredible about this (27:1-7): God decided that everyone and everything, i.e., the earth, lands, the animals, and nations, will be put into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, who is an unbelieving ruler. God is in control of who are his servants at any time, even the good, the bad, the ugly! He told Jeremiah to put a yoke-bar (like for oxen) on himself to illustrate to everyone that he (God) is serious about being servants — until the appointed time — of Nebuchadnezzar. Thing is, Jesus told us believers to wear His yoke. So we are to wear the yoke of Christ even while under the yoke of a tyrant — or maybe some political leader that you don’t happen to like at the present!

    1. God is in control of who are his servants at any time, even the good, the bad, the ugly!

      Oh man, if His people would rally around this good news, we would have a lot less fear and scarcity.

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