Jeremiah 39:18 Snatch Your Life Away from the World

Jeremiah 39:18 (KJV)
For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD.

Imagine the situation. Babylon has been a threat to Jerusalem for some time. Nebuchadnezzar had already captured scores of the Jews. Nebuchadnezzar, at this time, had just completed a two-year-long siege of the city, culminating with its defeat. Zedekiah attempted an escape but was captured. He was forced to watch as the Babylonian king slew his children before him and plucked out his eyes.

In this situation, Jeremiah was to approach Ebedmelech, an Ethiopian man living among the Jews in Jerusalem. One might expect that his life was over. He was of no value to Babylon. There were no Jews to protect him. The city was destroyed. Surely, he would be next.

God had a different message for him. God said that He would deliver him from Babylon and that his life would be a prey for him.

A prey, is defined as an unexpected gain. A prey, in other words, a life snatched away.

Babylon had come to take the people as their prey. God gave Ebedmelech back his life as a prey snatched away from the Babylonians.

God’s Word commands us to snatch away our lives from this world. Don’t allow the world to take your life from you. Die to self, trust the Lord, and He will give your life back as a prey unto thee. 

Matthew 16:24-26 (KJV)
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

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Jeremiah 39:18 Snatch Your Life Away from the World

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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