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Obey, I Beseech Thee
By Brian Price 10/14/2013

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"19 And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.
20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live." - Jeremiah 38:19-20

Here we read of the king Zedekiah and the prophet Jeremiah. The prophet Jeremiah was sent by God to warn the Jews that if they would refuse to repent, then God would be left with no other choice but to punish them. Nobody believed Jeremiah. The prophet was eventually placed in a dungeon with no food or water. It was at this point that the king realized that Jeremiah was telling the truth because it was impossible for him to persist in his preaching had God not actually sent him. He was telling the truth and didn't care if he lived or died. He knew that God was going to destroy the nation if the people continued living in sin. Zedekiah eventually sent to Jeremiah and privately talked with him. He believed Jeremiah. But his fear of the Jews was holding him back from being obedient. He was afraid that if he sincerely became a believer that the Jews would mock him. Jeremiah replied, "They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live." There was an earnest desire from Jeremiah despite his condition of being in a torture chamber. He wanted nothing more than for his people to be saved. His plea, OBEY, I BESEECH THEE, was almost heard. The king was so close to believing and obeying, but for one reason or another, he walked away from Jeremiah, and perished. Friend, the word of God urges you with the most vehement desire to OBEY. God's plea to you, even when you throw him into prison, when you ignore him, when you shut God out, is to OBEY. OBEY, I BESEECH THEE, THE WORD OF THE LORD; so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul SHALL LIVE.

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