Monday, June 21

Disciple Bible Study: Week 11, Reading 4

I’m participating in Disciple Bible Study, a 34 week intensive. For five days, we have different readings.  I have decided to document my initial noticings from a close reading of the scripture. Well, an attempt at a close reading.

Week 11 Theme:  God Punishes the People

Readings: Jeremiah 37-39


  • 37:5 – Another example of Egypt v. Babylon struggle.  Who to follow?  Where will protection come from?
  • 37:14 – Jeremiah is pro Babylon (sort of) so it is easy to understand why people might think he was deserting to the Chaldeans
  • 37:16-21 – Jeremiah put into the cistern house and King Zedekiah ends up giving orders that Jeremiah should be fed.
  • 38:4 – want to kill Jeremiah because he is discouraging to the soldiers.  I bet!  He wants them to give in to the forces of King Nebuchadnezzar.  What soldier wants to hear that?
  • 38:12 – it is so interesting when these little details pop up
  • 38:22 – who are the trusted friends?
  • 39:3 – Jerusalem taken
  • 39:6 – the same as 2 Kings 25:7.  Zedekiah's sons killed and Z.'s eyes poked out.  (Don't run with sticks?)
  • 39:12 – King Nebuchadnezzar taking care of Jeremiah
  • 39:16 – G*d the author of evil

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