While Egypt is experiencing the final three plagues in this week’s Torah portion, in the haftorah, we learn about Egypt getting in trouble again centuries later—this time it’s a “plague” of Babylonians.
Jeremiah forsees the Egyption fate: “Stand fast and prepare yourself, for the sword has devoured round about you.” He proceeds to outline how helpless the Egyptians will be to save themselves from the impending destruction Nebuchadnezzar will wreak.
Of the Jewish people, however, Jeremiah relays that (of course) the Jews will be punished and exiled, but ultimately redeemed (notice a trend, anyone?). The prophesy concludes, “Jacob shall return and be quiet and at ease, and there shall be none who disturb his rest.”
Do you ever wonder if any of these prophesies promising punishment and redemption and the smiting of enemies pan out?
To put this battle in historical context, we’re looking at about 609-587 BCE and this was not the first [Read more…]