The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchijah, and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, saying, “Please inquire of the LORD on our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is warring against us; perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all His wonderful acts, so that the enemy will withdraw from us.”
Jeremiah 21:1–2 NAS95
In Jeremiah 21:1-2, we are told of King Zedekiah. And how he sends two other people to go and ask if God might do something for them, like He has done for them in the past. Someone made mention of how pompous that must have been to have others and to not yourself approach God himself. A grievous error. You can read more of King Zedekiah in 2 Chronicles 36:11-21. I like how Eugene Peterson translates vs 21. Have a look at tell me what you think about it in the comments below.
William Blake’s, Nebuchadnezzar
We also passed around a photo of King of the Babylon’s Nebuchadnezzar. You might not have seen the image well, but I wanted to share it again, as I think it does a great job of capturing the story of is insanity in Daniel 4.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art impression. Printed 1795. Nebuchadnezzar is a color monotype print with additions in ink and watercolor portraying the Old Testament Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II by the English poet, painter and printmaker William Blake. Taken from the Book of Daniel, the legend of Nebuchadnezzar tells of a ruler who through hubris lost his mind and was reduced to animalistic madness and eating “grass as oxen”.1
Keep Laura and Tara in your prayers, and if you have time, take a moment to pray over the items in our prayer wall.
- Taken from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebuchadnezzar_(Blake) ↩