Jeremiah 50

Vs. 25, “The LORD has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons of his wrath, for the Sovereign LORD Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians.”  While Babylon was being used by God, she became too prideful and arrogant.   It was time to bring war upon Babylon.  While this would apply directly the Babylonians, there was a  dual meaning to this.  Babylon often in Scripture symbolizes the world system.  God would humble and will humble our human system of pride.  He also gives us a wonderful picture of gathering back His lost flock (vs, 6-7) and forgiving the people (19-20).

 

Regarding application…God Redeemed Us.  Vs. 34, “Yet their Redeemer is strong; the LORD Almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon.”  What a fitting reminder of the fact that God is our Redeemer.  Here in our passage, we see God redeeming and forgiving His people.  Yesterday, the message to the youth reminded them that they matter to God and that God redeems them!  I’m sure God’s people often felt despair, but God would remind them that He had not forgotten about them.  That His promises come true!  Keep you head up this week and find comfort in our Redeeming God!

Jeremiah 51

Vs. 49, “Babylon must fall because of Israel’s slain, just as the slain in all the earth have fallen because of Babylon.”  It would be a prophecy of reckoning.  Someone would have to pay for this pride and sin.  The Lord God would warn Babylon of this future if they contiuned down this path.  So God would raise up another leader in Cyrus from Persia and command him to attack Babylonians (vs. 20-24).  He would remind those who got too comfortable in Babylon not to forget what had happened to them (vs. 34-35).  There was no future in Babylon, just as there is really no future in this world for it is a dying world.  We must make do the best we can to trust in God until a better tomorrow!

 

Regarding application…Never Forsaken.  Vs. 5, “For Israel and Judah havye not been forsaken by their God, the Lord Almighty, though their land is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel.”  As I reflect upon this incredible journey of God’s people from their homeland, to their sin, to the invasion, to the captivity…and now their restoration…I marvel at God’s faithfulness!  I’m sure there were many doubts throughout the seventy years of captivity, but God would shine through.  It’s just a reminder that there are mountains and valley’s in our lives.  We must do our part to just know His love will never forsake us.  Keep you head up and continue to live on the promises of God!  One day, we too will be restored from this Babylon (world).  Pray for this week and thank God for all the hard workers of the faith and regular workforce on this Labor day!

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