The fall of Jerusalem and the events immediately following.
- What message did Jeremiah give to Ebed-Melech, and why?
Cf. Matt. 10:40-42. Is your faith equally practical? Cf. Jas. 2:21-24.
- Note carefully 40:2, 3. Could the matter be better summed up than in these words of a heathen officer?
Cf. Prov. 29:1; Is. 30:9-14.
- Most Christians are too ready to believe evil of others. Gedaliah was the opposite.
What can we learn from this example?
Note that as a public leader he had responsibility for others (40:10; 41:10) as well as for himself.
- 39:4. ‘Between the two walls’: i.e., of the city, probably ‘the wall along the west side of the east hill’ (Driver).
- 39:5. ‘Riblah’: in the far north, fifty miles south of Hamath.
- 41:1. Ishmael was probably jealous that Gedaliah had been appointed governor, and sought to get the remnant of the Jews under his control (41:10).