“And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me. But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.” - Jeremiah 38:19, 20
In the days of Zedekiah the king, Jeremiah was thrown into a dungeon, which had a well. Thankfully, it had no water, though his feet sank into the mud and remained there many days. It was Ebedmelech, a eunuch in the court, whom God used to explain Jeremiah's plight to the king as a result of which he was secretly brought out with cords. He also ordered that he be given bread and water “until all the bread in the city were spent”. (Jeremiah 37:16-21) He then told Zedekiah to obey the voice of God by submitting to the Babylonians so as to save himself and the city from destruction as in the text for today. But because he and many of the people disobeyed, the sons of Zedekiah and all the nobles of Judah were killed in his presence while his eyes were put out before he was taken into exile. Nebuchadnezzar gave order that Jeremiah should be well looked after and that all his requests be granted. Baruch the Scribe and Ebedmelech were assured by God that their lives would be spared. (Jeremiah 39:1-18; 45:5)
Those obedient to the word of God would have life and peace but the disobedient, would definitely suffer “indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish”. (Romans 2:5-9) St. Paul stated, “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” - Romans 11:22.