Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 38:12-13 which says, ”
Ebed-Melech the Cushite said to Jeremiah, “Put these old rags and worn-out clothes under your arms to pad the ropes.” Jeremiah did so, and they pulled him up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern. And Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.
After Jeremiah got falsely accused and thrown into prison, he then got thrown into a cistern full of mud to starve to death. But in this verse Ebed-Melech rescued him out of the cistern. Jeremiah was saved by Ebed-Melech. Jeremiah must have been wondering why he was going through all this, and the reason is for us.
In my last post Jeremiah was a picture of Jesus, and now he is a picture of both Jesus and us. Let me explain. Let’s start with how he is a picture of Jesus. Jeremiah was thrown into a pit of mud and was pulled out of it by Ebed-Melech. Jesus descended from Heaven to earth and died on the cross for our sins (or mud) and then He ascended into Heaven (after being buried and rising on the third day) or pulled out of the mud. One difference in that is Jeremiah was pulled out of the mud but Jesus ascended into Heaven. So that is how Jeremiah is a picture of Jesus.
He’s a picture of us because we were in the pit or the cistern of sin and we were covered in it. But Jesus pulled us out of that pit and took our place and our sins on Him, He atoned for our sins on the cross. He took our sins on Him and our “mud”. He gave us His righteousness in exchange for our sins,
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (NIV 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus became our sin so that we could become the righteousness of God, thank you Jesus. Jesus is our savior, our “Ebed-Melech” the one who pulled us out of the mud pit. He is our atoning sacrifice,
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (NIV 1 John 2:2)
Jeremiah is a picture of both us and Jesus. Jesus descended into the mud pit and ascended back into Heaven after He atoned for our sins. We were in the mud pit and Jesus pulled us out.
Are you trusting in our savior Jesus?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.