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August 14 - Morning

"On the ninth day of the fourth month of Zedekiah’s eleventh year, the city wall was broken through.
Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came and took seats in the Middle Gate:
- Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar,
- Nebo-Sarsekim a chief officer,
- Nergal-Sharezer a high official
and all the other officials of the king of Babylon.

When Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled; they left the city at night by way of the king’s garden, through the gate between the two walls, and headed toward the Arabah.

But the Babylonian army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. They captured him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him. There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and also killed all the nobles of Judah. Then he put out Zedekiah’s eyes and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.

The Babylonians set fire to the royal palace and the houses of the people and broke down the walls of Jerusalem…

Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had given these orders about Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard:

 ‘Take him and look after him; don’t harm him but do for him whatever he asks.’"

- Jeremiah 39:2-12

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Jerusalem Falls; Zedekiah Blinded; Jeremiah Set Free    

July 18, 586 BC: Jerusalem Falls

After two and a half years the Babylonian army final breaks through the wall and enters a city filled with desperate and starving people deciding if they should fight, flee or fall on their faces.

Three of Nebuchadnezzar’s officials are mentioned by name as entering the city and taking seats in the Middle Gate. Nebuchadnezzar is himself not in Judah and does not enter Jerusalem, since he is at Riblah (north of Damascus) which was his military headquarters during the siege of Jerusalem.

The Middle Gate mentioned in Jeremiah is likely the gate that can be seen in today’s Jewish Quarter of the Old City at a site called the “Israelite Tower.” (see Middle Gate Photo HERE; Details HERE, HERE and HERE.) The gate faces north in the northern portion of the wall of the city of 586 BC. Excavation has found remains of Babylonian arrowheads which would seem to indicate that there was fighting at this point of the wall and at this gate in 588-586 BC. Because of the topography Jerusalem was always invaded from the north. After working at this site and finding Babylonian arrowheads, Leen Ritmeyer said, “Our hands got black with soot – tragic evidence of the fall of Jerusalem.”

One of the Babylonian officials identified by Jeremiah, Nebo-sarsekim, has been confirmed on a cuneiform tablet from 595 BC that also lists him as a chief officer of King Nebuchadnezzar by the name of Nabu-sharrussum-ukin.

Zedekiah tried to flee, but was captured and taken to Riblah to appear before Nebuchadnezzar where he suffers a fate that he could have avoided by listening to Jeremiah. Ezekiel had already prophesied that Zedekiah would come to Babylon, but would not see it (Ezekiel 12:13). Jeremiah’s text explains how Ezekiel’s prophecy was fulfilled. In 592 BC Ezekiel predicted from Babylon about Zedekiah’s attempted escape in 586 BC: Ezekiel 12:10-13

The city of Jerusalem is set on fire and the wall is broke down. But, Nebuzaradan, the commander of Nebuchadnezzar’s imperial guard and the one who led the Jerusalem siege, had been given orders from Nebuchadnezzar to find and care for Jeremiah. This raises some questions:

  • How did the great Nebuchadnezzar hear about Jeremiah?
  • How did Nebuchadnezzar come to form a positive attitude towards Jeremiah?
  • Why did Nebuchadnezzar care about Jeremiah?

The answers may include a variety of components, but one has to consider that Daniel who has been serving in Nebuchadnezzar’s palace since 605 and has spoken to Nebuchadnezzar on several occasions may be part of the source of Nebuchadnezzar’s information and the cause of his positive attitude. Daniel had copies of Jeremiah’s writings in Babylon (Daniel 9:2) and Daniel had heard Jeremiah preach in Jerusalem for several years before his captivity.

Nebuchadnezzar tells his commander Nebuzaradan to find Jeremiah, and then:

“Take him and look after him; don’t harm him but do for him whatever he asks.”Jeremiah 39:12

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Spiritual knowledge comes through prayer, deep stillness, and complete detachment, while wisdom comes through humble meditation on Holy Scripture, and above all, through grace given by God.”
– from the five volume set called “The Philokalia” (meaning, ‘love of the beautiful’), a collection of writings by monks in northern Greece from 300-1400 AD
(Details here; Read it here)

Something to Ponder??

John records seven personal interviews with Jesus:

1. Nicodemus in Jerusalem
2. The woman of Samaria
3. Nobleman of Cana
4. Paralytic at Pool of Bethsaida
5. Blind man in Jerusalem
6. Mary in Bethany
7. Martha in Bethany

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Ma’aseh (Hb) - work (Eng) - The Hebrew word ma’aseh means “work,” “deed,” “labor,” and “behavior.” In Genesis 44:15 ma’aseh refers to deeds, practices and behaviors. In Leviticus 18:3 and Exodus 23:24 Israel was not to practice the ma’aseh of the Canaanites. Ma’aseh is also used in verses such as:
Genesis 5:29 - "He named him Noah and said, 'He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.' ”
Exodus 23:16 - "Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field."
Psalms 90:17 - "May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us—
    yes, establish the work of our hands."


Abraham and Sarah’s hometown of Ur was excavated in 1854, 1919 and 1934. The city name was found inscribed on cylinders to confirm the location of Ur.
See archaeologist Leonard Woolley's 1928 telegram HERE.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will wait on the Lord.
I will do what is right. I will speak truthfully.
I will be gracious to men, but will not put my hope in men.
I will wait on the Lord.
  "A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps."
- Proverbs 14:15
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
The Temple Mount as viewed from the far southeast corner of the platform in the corner where the east and south walls meet.

Details of Numbers 33 located on a map.

Details of Numbers 33 located on a map.

The Temple Mount as viewed from the far southeast corner of the platform in the corner where the east and south walls meet. (click on images for larger size)
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