THE SOJOURN in Egypt was such a defining moment in the history of Israel and Judah that you would think the last thing Judeans would want is to go back there. You would be wrong.
This week’s study begins with the immediate aftermath of Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of the Temple. A remnant in Judah, afraid of retribution from Babylon because of the assassination of the governor appointed by Nebuchadnezzar, asked Jeremiah to ask YHWH whether fleeing to Egypt was His will. Thing is, they’d decided to go regardless of His answer (which, for the record, was, “No.”)