June 18th, 2019
They Used Clouts and Rotten Rags
Jeremiah 38:10-13 (KJB) Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die. 11 So Ebed-melech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. 12 And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so. 13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
Jeremiah was held in captivity inside a dungeon and sentenced to death. King Zedekiah ordered this prophet be rescued from certain death by sending Ebed-melech the Ethiopian and thirty strong men to get the job done. These men were brawny, having more than enough strength to pull Jeremiah out of this pit and to avoid any resistance they might encounter on this rescue journey.
What, you might think, thirty men strong enough to pull a man out of a pit using rags and able to elude his captors? Sounds like a tall tale for sure. It is true, this situation at work in the Prophet Jeremiah’s life was divinely inspired and included in God’s Word.
Not only that, but old rags and clouts, or old rags and pieces of rope were found in the basement of the king’s house (things we’d likely throw away today) and they were fashioned together into a formidable rope, ready and able to be used in the rescue of Jeremiah.
How about you, are you going the extra mile with God to rescue a soul from the pits of life?
A rescue of this prophet in such a manner might have seemed unlikely. However, it worked. Thirty strong men employing a cord fashioned from old rags and pieces of old rope raised Jeremiah up from the pit and ensured his safety. When God is involved in circumstances improbable things and people can do extraordinary work!