Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian put his neck on the line by standing up for Jeremiah (the one speaking God's true words), but this shows that he had faith in the messages from Jeremiah. Jeremiah 38:8-9 says, “Ebed-Melech went out of the king's house and spoke to the king, saying: "My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon, and he is likely to die from hunger in the place where he is. For there is no more bread in the city." Just before Jerusalem was destroyed, Ebed-Milech received a precious promise from the LORD in Jeremiah 39:16-17: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Behold, I will bring My words upon this city for adversity and not for good, and they shall be performed in that day before you. But I will deliver you in that day,...and you shall not be given into the hand of the men of whom you are afraid.” The LORD gave this Ethiopian eunuch mercy that He desired to all if they would have just believed and repented.
Psalms 79:2-4 gives us a bit of a depiction of Jerusalem at its destruction. It says, “The dead bodies of Your servants— They have given as food for the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth. Their blood they have shed like water all around Jerusalem, And there was no one to bury them. We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and derision to those who are around us.”
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan