Let go, or die.

Interesting. When I read this, what came across my mind was 4 words. Let go, or die. I have chosen to let go some material property, or I risk wasting more resources. In financial sense, it will be known as reduce loses. Yes, you have already suffered loses, we can choose to lose further, or cut loses. This is exactly the scene being laid out. The folks are being sieged, they can either surrender to God’s terms to live with the attackers whom God had promised will spare their lives, or choose to die within the walls… the walls of sin.

Date: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 5:00 AM
Our Daily Homily By F.B. Meyer
Jeremiah 21:2

“Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.”

IT was during the last extremity of the siege that Zedekiah sent this message to Jeremiah. His people and he had postponed their compliance with the warnings and invitations of God’s love till the last possible hour, and now they were more eager for immunity from the consequences of their sins than to repent and return to God. The answer was immediate — that matters must now be allowed to take their course. It was, however, added that even now all who dared to act in faith and go out to the besiegers would save their lives.

What a test of faith was here! It seemed as though it were worth while to risk everything and stay in the city rather than venture out to those terrible hosts that were gathered around. But there was no alternative. To stay in the city was certain death; to go forth into what seemed certain death would secure life. Men may reach a certain point in wrong-doing when the disasters their sins have courted are inevitable. As they have sown, they must reap. They have set the rocks rolling, and they must see the devastation wrought on their homes. Yet, even then, there is a way of escape.

Still God pleads with men, as in Jeremiah 21:8,9: “And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death. He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live,” This surely is the exact counterpart of the words which our Lord is recorded as having spoken on four different occasions: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:24) There is a strange reversal of human imaginations at the cross of Christ!

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~ by ymsim on 2010/10/22.

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