It Is Okay Now

What was it like when Babylon attacked Jerusalem and the surrounding areas? Great would be the fear and many would have fled, but later something happened that reassured them everything was okay, “And when all the captains of the armies who were in the fields, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land…then they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah…And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, took an oath before them and their men, saying, ‘Do not be afraid to serve the Chaldeans. Dwell in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you…’ Likewise, when all the Jews who were in Moab, among the Ammonites, in Edom, and who were in all the countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah…then all the Jews returned out of all places where they had been driven, and came to the land of Judah…” (Jeremiah 40:7-12).
That signaled the fighting was over and that Babylon intended to both maintain a presence in Judah and to let the Jews carry on with their business.
Unfortunately, some of the Jews used the situation to their advantage and the king of Babylon had to return and deal with them.
Fighting is ugly, but it does not last forever.

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Don Ruhl

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