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Jeremiah 38:9-11 (Pt. 3) Thought/Prayer:  Thirty, to the Mire .  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.”
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Some versions say “wardrobe,” and the keeper was Hasrah (2 Chron. 34).  (Dungeon also translated as cistern.)

How many men does it take to pull one prophet up from a sticky, stinky cistern?  30.  At least King Zedekiah made an estimate of this many; he sent thirty men with Ebedmelech to rescue the prophet Jeremiah.  Does this seem like overkill (an expression we use . . . but here, could it not be underkill by saving the prophet?)  Well, . . . .  Anyway, thirty men it was.

Consider the angle at which these men had to work to pull anyone out of a cistern.  Open at the top; can’t really get muscles to pull at a right angle even after Jeremiah attached himself to the cords; pulling across the edges of the cistern.  This was strategically tricky.  And remember, Jeremiah was weakening all the time and could probably help himself very little.  Plus, the mire?  Very sticky and probably sort of sucks at you like suction.

Maybe all thirty men were not needed.  But however it happened, we know it was an intense effort of lifting that brought him out. 

We get ourselves in miry situations.  Young girls get themselves into the miry situation of accidental pregnancy.  They and all concerned think these young women are forever mired in the mud of a hopeless life with an unplanned child. But those of us who stand for created life can pull together resources to help, lifting these women out of hopelessness.  Just as someone different helped Jeremiah, so can we help these women with our prayers, our giving, and our stand for LIFE.

Even if we’re not a cadre of thirty, God will make up the difference, and out these girls will come with hope.

Topics:  Pray for strength in numbers against the miry pit of abortion in which so many young girls find themselves.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 04/22 at 06:06 PM
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