Archive for November 1st, 2013

Jeremiah 50

Jeremiah 50 has the prophet giving yet another bleak prophecy to a nation that is about to fall flat on its own face.  This time God has a word for Jeremiah about Babylon – one of the most powerful on the globe.  They were feared and felt they were unstoppable.  But as we see all throughout scripture – without God you are certainly not beyond falling.  And Jeremiah tells us “she has sinned against the Lordand that certainly means that a day of punishment is coming when God will deal with sin.

Jeremiah prophecies that this will be a uniting thing for God’s people.  “In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come, and they shall seek the Lord their God”.  The reality is that as what has been known and accepted as the way it is crumbles, people are going to reexamine their thoughts and it will shake them to the core.  That is when we finally get back to our roots – when we return to God.

Jeremiah also reminds us of the power of leadership.  His people and the nations around them have had a whole lot of bad leaders over the decades.  They have been pulled away from God and His commandments.  “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold”.  Leadership matters, and the people sitting in that seat have an awesome responsibility to lead well.  Scripture is filled with examples on both sides – those who lead people to God – and many who selfishly led them away from God.  It is still our choice as followers, but it is much harder to walk with Christ if we are being pulled away.

Jeremiah reminds us “the Lord God of hosts has a work to do…. no man shall dwell there, and no son of man shall sojourn in her”.  Destruction is coming to clean things up.  Babylon was caught up in idol worship and following false gods.  That doesn’t fit God’s plan.  So this mighty nation will fall.  And it is something that will be heard around the world.  “At the sound of the capture of Babylon the earth shall tremble, and her cry shall be heard among the nations”.  History is filled with mighty nations that fall because of their sin.  God doesn’t sit back and tolerate it.  Just because we believe America is a Christian nation (which is probably a stretch) does not mean we won’t face the same fate if we don’t get our focus where it belongs on loving and serving God!

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