Jeremiah 39: Not in the Plan Yet
Jeremiah 39 is a tragic story. All of the prophecy of Jeremiah came true. The army of Babylon moved in and ransacked Jerusalem. However, amidst all this tragedy, there was still the provision of God at work. Jeremiah had been faithful the entire time and continually tried to communicate the message of God to a people who did not want to listen.
Jer 39:11 Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying,
Jer 39:12 Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.
The captain of the guard was a relatively important person, and it does not seem that Nebuchadnezzar would really have any logical reason for valuing the life of Jeremiah so specifically. At this time, Jeremiah was locked up in prison, so I imagine that if I had been Nebuchadnezzar, I would have thought that he was just another prisoner.
However, Jeremiah received special treatment that Babylon probably did not give to very many people. He did not share in the punishment that was being doled out to the people of Judah at large. Why? He was faithful, and God was not done with him yet.
God spared his life and provided him with provision even when everything around him was literally going up in flames.
Even though the world seemed to be going crazy around him, God obviously had a plan, and the death of Jeremiah was not meant to be in that plan yet. Jeremiah died eventually like all humans, but this was not the time.
I think that we can extend this to our lives in the sense that there are times when we might have no idea what is going on around us. It really doesn’t matter if the circumstance is as extreme as the one that Jeremiah found himself in. There are plenty of trials in all of our lives, and we can be unsettled by any of them.
However, we can take comfort that God is still there, and God doesn’t have to play by the percentages of probability. Certainly, I would be willing to bet that if you look at all of the conquests that the people of Babylon went on, a very small percentage of prisoners survived. However, the death of Jeremiah was not in God’s plan at this point, so the probabilities didn’t matter. Even if Jeremiah had died, it would not have meant that God was not there, but I only framed this account in terms of him living because that is what actually happened.