Jeremiah is going from prison to a cistern. Yikes!
“Then the officials said to the king, ‘This man should be put to death. He is discouraging the soldiers who are left in this city, as well as all the people, by the things he is saying to them. This man is not seeking the good of these people but their ruin.’” – Jeremiah 38:4
Should Jeremiah be killed? Of course not.
“So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.” – Jeremiah 38:6
An interesting punishment.
“My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all they have done to Jeremiah the prophet. They have thrown him into a cistern, where he will starve to death when there is no longer any bread in the city.” – Jeremiah 38:9
I mean, if we are fair, the reason there is no bread is Jeremiah ate it all in the last chapter. LOL!
“Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, ‘This is what the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared and this city will not be burned down; you and your family will live. But if you will not surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, this city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians and they will burn it down; you yourself will not escape from them.’’” – Jeremiah 38:17-19
After Jeremiah is rescued, he passes along a message supposedly from God that the King will be saved if he turns the officers over to Babylon.
“All your wives and children will be brought out to the Babylonians.” – Jeremiah 38:23
God will punish women and children.
Once again, God punishes those who are innocent.
Coming Soon: Jeremiah – Chapter 39: The Fall of Jerusalem