Jeremiah sunk into the slime. His heart dropped. How was he going to get out of this dungeon ? The people of Israel had turned away from God and had followed heathen idols. They were very wicked, and God could stand it no longer. Jeremiah had gone to the king and told him that punishment was coming. The princes and leaders didn't like this. They thought if they got rid of Jeremiah, that that would get rid of the punishment! It was so smelly in this hole! He looked around for somewhere to sit down where it wasn’t so wet. But there was nowhere.
He looked up at the high walls. There was no way he could climb up there either! His heart sunk still further. He knew the princes meant him to die. He was getting very tired.
But even though he was imprisoned, his heart was free! He was able to think of God and pray. Suddenly he heard a noise up in the roof. Looking up, he saw a chink of light. The hole got bigger and he saw a head poke through.
He heard a voice, “Are you there, Jeremiah?”
It was Ebedmelech, the king’s black slave. He believed in God, and wanted to get Jeremiah out. He had asked the king if he could free him.
“Take thirty men”, the king said, “and get him out”.
“I’m sending down ropes with old rags and wood”, he whispered, “ Put them under your arms, and we’ll pull you up”. Jeremiah quickly did this, and tugged on the ropes. They slowly tightened up. Jeremiah hoped they wouldn’t break. Soon he was able to breathe fresh air….what a relief!! He was pulled over the edge and tumbled on to the floor of the prison above.
At last he was out of the terrible dungeon, and could lie down somewhere dry! He was sent to the court of the prison and stayed there until the city of Jerusalem was taken by Nebuchadnezzar. Then he was taken out of the prison and set free. God had specially protected him because he trusted in God. The next time we find ourselves in a bad situation, we must just remember Jeremiah and how God set him free. God did that for him, and God can do it for us. Our part is to wait patiently for God to work, and be cheerful while things are being worked out!