Jerusalem’s administration crashed. The city was forced into a political takeover by the Neo-Babylonian Empire and many people were carried away to the conquering city of Babylon. At that time, some so-called prophets who lived among them told the Jews that they would quickly return from there. But God would not return them until the land and the people were made right before Him. In Jeremiah 29, we learn that Jeremiah wrote a letter to the exiles in Babylon, from the LORD. Jeremiah sent the letter by an envoy King Zedekiah of Judah was sending to Babylon, along with tribute he was paying to King Nebuchadnezzar. The two men who carried the letter were Elasah and Gemariah. Despite being from a crooked government and priesthood, these men showed that some remained faithful to the LORD, even through the worst of times.
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