Insisting on Disobedience

Sometimes life circumstances persuade people that they should not obey the Lord, but do the opposite of what He says to do. Yet, it always exacts a heavy price. That happened to the people of Judah who suffered in the war with Babylon. The people of Judah believed it would be better to go to Egypt, but the Lord told them not to go, because Egypt was on the Lord’s list for punishment. However, the Bible says, “So Johanan the son of Kareah, all the captains of the forces, and all the people would not obey the voice of the LORD, to remain in the land of Judah…So they went to the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the LORD. And they went as far as Tahpanhes” (Jeremiah 43:4-7).
They even took Jeremiah and his helper Baruch. Once they arrived, the Lord spoke through Jeremiah, revealing what would happen, that Nebuchadnezzar would set up his throne on the very spot where they had gone. God would use the Babylonians to fight Egypt and to extinguish the Jews who had gone there.
Life can be exceedingly difficult at times, but always look to the Lord and do what He says to do.

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