THE CITY WAS KEPT UNDER SIEGE: This siege lasted approx
18 months (vv 4,6). During this time Jeremiah had been preaching to the people
telling them that they should submit to Babylon. It was a time of great
hardship. Maybe Jeremiah was saved from the excesses of persecution by being put
in prison for part of this time. (Jer 32:28...).
None are cast out of God's presence but those who by sin have
first thrown themselves out. Zedekiah's flight was in vain, for there is no
escaping the judgments of God; they come upon the sinner, and overtake him. We
cannot escape the judgments of God except by remaining in His grace.
Vv 17-23: The list of items taken to Babylon draws heavily on
the description of Solomon's temple. Jeremiah describes the physical elements
which were removed whereas Ezekiel, who was already in Babylon, saw the
spiritual aspect of the overthrow of Jerusalem when he saw, in vision, the cloud
of glory depart (Eze 10).
TOOK AWAY THE... LAMPSTANDS: "If you do not repent, I
will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place" (Rev 2:5).
THE PRIEST NEXT IN RANK: The official assistant and
understudy to the High Priest (Temple 100; cp 2Ki 25:18).
FREED HIM FROM PRISON: Cp Psa 107:14; 68:13; Col 1:13;
1Pe 2:9; Joh 11:44.
HE SPOKE KINDLY TO HIM: Cp Mar 5:36; Luk 7:50; 10:35;
Joh 8:11; 20:19,20.
GAVE HIM A SEAT OF HONOR HIGHER...: Cp Eph 2:6; Joh
14:3; 17:24; Rev 3:21.
PUT ASIDE HIS PRISON CLOTHES: Cp Eze 16:9-14; Isa
61:10; Luk 15:22.
ATE REGULARLY AT THE KING'S TABLE: Cp Joh 6:35; Psa
107:9; Rev 7:17.