Jeremiah 46:2–3: “Against Egypt. / Concerning the army of Pharaoh Necho, king of Egypt, which was by the River Euphrates in Carchemish, and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah: / ‘Order the buckler and shield, / And draw near to battle!'”

May 12th, 2018 by Pastor Ed in devotional

The next few chapters of Jeremiah (46–51) focus on different Gentile nations that God told Jeremiah to pronounce prophesies of destruction against. This chapter deals with Egypt. From the point of view of secular, military history, the battle of Carchemish was perhaps the most important in ancient Egyptian history. This critical Assyrian city was conquered by Egypt in 605 BC, bringing about the fall of the Assyrian empire. However, when Pharaoh Necho returned to Egypt, he made a tactical error, leaving too small of a garrison to guard the newly acquired city. This left the door open for the rising world power Babylon to take the city from Egypt later that same year.

Of course God, who lives outside of time, had already warned the Egyptians to prepare themselves for war and had predicted their defeat. His desire then, and today, is to draw the whole world into His plan of redemption, as it says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (italics added). God desires to redeem every life to be used in His service to reach the world.

“LORD, thank You that You call out to us, warning us of the destruction that comes when we don’t submit to You. And we thank You that when we listen to Your warning, You rescue and redeem us. Use us to tell others of Your free gift this day.”