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Jeremiah 38:7-13 (Pt. 3)  Thought/Prayer:  No Thirty Men.  Topics:  2 at end.

“Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, a eunuch, who was in the king’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon (the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin), Ebedmelech went forth out of the king’s house, and spoke to the king, saying, My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is likely to die in the place where he is, because of the famine; for there is no more bread in the city. Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from here thirty men with you, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he dies. So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took there rags and worn-out garments, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, Put now these rags and worn-out garments under your armpits under the cords. Jeremiah did so.  So they drew up Jeremiah with the cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.”
WEB (Read these scriptures and more at Some versions say “wardrobe,” and the keeper was Hasrah (2 Chron. 34).  (Dungeon also translated as cistern.)

There is opportunity for a wedding of two scriptures here.  We have the account of Jeremiah the prophet being cast into a cistern without water, only icky mud because of his prophesies against the citizens of Jerusalem.  The cistern had no water, only mud, and Jeremiah sank in it. 

I might seem unlikely that there would be another scripture that talks about the mire of mud and clay; it’s rather earthy, we might say and might not be expected in words as beautiful as God’s Word.  But there is.  Psalm 40:1,2.  “I waited patiently for Yahweh. He turned to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay. He set my feet on a rock, and gave me a firm place to stand. ”  WEB

Anyone who has been under attack either by someone else or through sin and wrongdoing (at which time we feel we have sunk to a low level of mud) knows the relief that these words by themselves bring.  They are most hopeful and speak of our God Who rescues.  Sin and those who go against us have the ability to bog us down until we feel there is no rising up.  But then there’s God, the great strong arm of rescue.

And, our God, needs no thirty men to rescue us from the sticky stuff.  At his desire, we are pulled up.  Of course, we must usually ask for help as did Jeremiah and in this Psalm.  But even then, we sometimes are rescued before we even know we are in trouble.

Could this be the banner for the preborn?  Rescue before they know they are in trouble?  Maybe so.

Topics:  Pray for the willingness to ask God to pull us up from the pits in which we find ourselves.  And pray the same for babies threatened with abortion before their birth time.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 04/23 at 06:00 AM
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