Jeremiah 47:1 KJV
The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote
The historians have nothing by which they may determine when the judgment here mentioned may have happened. History does not tell us when Pharaoh smote
Gaza and we therefore have no reference by
which to set this. Most assume it happened previous to Babylonian captivity;
perhaps as early as when Josiah was killed by the Egyptians.
Let us suppose for a moment that is not when it happened but that this is a judgment against the Philistines after Jeremiah was forcibly taken to
Egypt by the remnant of Jews left
by Nebuchadnezzar. It would at least fit the order in which we find Jeremiah’s
prophecy. In this case it seems that God used Jeremiah to prophesy against the
Philistines and in favor of the Egyptians even though it was a rebellious act
of the Jews that led to them being in Egypt. It was in defiance of the
Word of God that the Jews compelled Jeremiah to be there. But out of home, and
in the hands of sinful people, Jeremiah's ministry saw no end. He continued to
be an influence even in terrible circumstances.
I find in this to be an example for the believer today.
Be an influence in the worst of circumstances. Be an influence even when you can't see that you have influence.
- Be consistent
- Be faithful
- Be Biblical
- Be vocal
- Be aware
- Be a witness even when it seems like you have no witness