Archive for November 2nd, 2013

Jeremiah 51

Jeremiah 51 has the prophet continuing his prophecy against Babylon.  Jeremiah spends most of his life bringing news to people that don’t want to hear it.  Can you imagine that for a job?  He spends time with God getting the word, and then has to deliver it to any number of different people and kingdoms.  And it usually is not uplifting and good news.  Here he is again painting the picture of what lies ahead for Babylon – one of the greatest kingdoms of this time.  And the news is that God is going to wipe them off the planet.

He does bring good news to God’s people though.  “Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God”.  Not that they didn’t deserve to be forgotten, but God is faithful and true to His promises.  He never leaves His people.  Not then, not now.  And He is able to take care of us too.  “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens”.  God is the Creator.  He is in control.  He has all power.  He is God.

I love Jeremiah’s words here: “Every man is stupid and without knowledge”.  Many of you would say that is pretty accurate – particularly the women.  But the truth is that compared to God, we don’t know squat.  We have no clue.  “He is the one who formed all things”.  We are merely allowed to be part of His world.  We fit into His plan.  And He will determine what happens to the nations and the people.  Over a half dozen times in this chapter, God says “I break in pieces” the different things in Babylon.  God is in control and will carry out His will.  He alone determines the outcome.

Jeremiah asks Seraiah to take what he had written about Babylon and read it to the people.  And then Jeremiah adds a bit of show – “when you finish reading this book, tie a stone to it and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates”.  This is a word picture of what was to come – that Babylon will “sink, to rise no more”.  Jeremiah has delivered God’s truth to a number of powerful nations and kings.  It wasn’t popular news, yet He faithfully took God’s words and delivered them straight and without fear.  We need to live that way.  We need to rely on God for our strength and just walk with Him in obedience!

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