Tag: Jeremiah 46-52

God’s final instructions!

Scripture reading for August 16th: Jeremiah 46-52

“Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives!  Do not be destroyed because of her sins.  It is time for the Lord’s vengeance;  He will pay her what she deserves.  Babylon was a gold cup in the Lord’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk.  The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad.  Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her.” Jeremiah 51:6-8a

Jeremiah ended his book with the story of God’s judgement of Babylon because of her treatment of His people.  God called to His people to flee from Babylon.  Although they would live there for seventy years and then must be ready to return to Israel.  The end of Babylon would come quickly or suddenly.  In Jeremiah 51:36-40, he told how God would dry up the  springs of Babylon.  The officials of Babylon would be aroused and drunk at a feast.

This word was passed on to Daniel and helped him interpret the handwriting on the wall the night that Babylon fell!  The Babylonian officials were drinking from the golden goblets from God’s House in Jerusalem when the handwriting appeared on the wall. (Daniel 5)  Daniel was called to interpret and God’s judgment fell before morning!  (Daniel 5:30) It is said that the Medes damned up the river and came in under the wall, taking the city from within!

This prophecy was to be read aloud to the captives in Babylon by Seraiah, an aide to King Zedekiah.  When he was finished, he was to tie a rock on it and throw it into the Euphrates River.  It would sink to the bottom as a symbol of how Babylon would sink at the appointed time!  (Jeremiah 51:59-64)

This Word has a second fulfillment and speaks to the time of the end as well as to the fall of Babylon in Daniel’s time.  “Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her(Babylon), my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. . . .Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her; death, mourning, and famine.  She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.” ” Revelation 18:4-5,8

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Flee from Babylon!

Scripture reading for August 17th: Jeremiah 46-52

“Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives!  Do not be destroyed because of her sins.  It is time for the Lord’s vengeance;  He will pay her what she deserves.  Babylon was a gold cup in the Lord’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk.  The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad.  Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her.” Jeremiah 51:6-8a

Jeremiah ends his book with the story of God’s dealing with Babylon because of her treatment of the people of God.  Babylon was to be destroyed suddenly and  the Medes and Persians would carry out God’s purposes!  (Jeremiah 51:11, 20)  Jeremiah had earlier told the people that the captivity would last 70 years!  (Jeremiah 25:11-12)

God called His people to flee from Babylon.  Although they would live there for 7o years, they must be ready to return to the promised land.  Babylon’s fall would come suddenly.  In Jeremiah 51:36-40, he told how God would dry up the springs of Babylon.  The officials of Babylon would be aroused and drunk at a feast.  The Babylonian officials were drinking from the golden goblets from God’s House in Jerusalem when the handwriting appeared on the wall. (Daniel 5) As Daniel was called to interpret he likely remembered Jeremiah’s prophetic word!  God’s judgment fell before morning as the Medes damned up the river and came in under the wall, taking the city from within!

This prophecy about the destruction of Babylon was to be read aloud to the captives in Babylon by Seraiah, an aid to King Zedekiah.  After reading, he was to tie a rock on it and throw it into the Euphrates River.  It was to sink to the bottom as a symbol of how Babylon would sink at the appointed time!  (Jeremiah 51:59-64)  For a real rush of adrenaline, turn to Revelation 18 and read the whole chapter in light of Jeremiah’s prophecy.

“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. . . .Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her; death, mourning, and famine.  She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.” ” Revelation 18:4-5,8

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Babylon’s Promised Retribution

Scripture reading for August 17th: Jeremiah 46-52

Vengeance belongs to the Lord alone; only He can repay people and nations for their sins.   His judgments are right and true because He alone knows the truth about motives and actions.  As we read these last chapters of Jeremiah, we see that God has the final say concerning judgment on each nation and people mentioned.  He does nothing by judgment unless He warns people by prophetic word.  Even Gentile nations were warned by Jeremiah of God’s coming judgment.  Egypt, Moab, Ammon, Edom, Syria, and Israel were all spoken to.  The final warning was sent to Babylon, the nation God used to punish Israel and who had destroyed God’s temple and killed many of His people.  Although God used them to accomplish His purposes, they still stood accountable for their attitudes and actions.

This retribution would come from repentance by God’s people. “In those days, at that time, declares the Lord, “the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the Lord their God.  They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces toward it.  They will bind themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.” (Jeremiah 50:4-5)  This repentance would be followed by a new covenant that would not be forgotten.  They would petition God for Zion and seek God with all their hearts and He would hear them!

Babylon would be punished because they opposed the Lord. (Jeremiah 50:24)  He  would punish them because of their arrogance.  (Jeremiah 50:31-32)  He would punish them because of their false prophets and idols.  (Jeremiah 50:36-38)   They would feel His wrath because they destroyed His temple and did wrong in Zion.  (Jeremiah 51:11, 24)  They would fall because of Israel’s slain at the hands of the wicked in Babylon.  God does repay and is a God of retribution!  (Jeremiah 51:56)

This punishment for Babylon was written down 70 years before it would happen and Jeremiah sent it by messenger to Babylon to be read aloud.  (Jeremiah 51:60-63)  After the reading of the scroll, the messenger was to tie a rock to it and throw it into the Euphrates River.  He was to proclaim, “So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring upon her.  And her people will fall.” (Jeremiah 51:64)  God’s word is always right, and 70 years later, Babylon fell as Jeremiah predicted!

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Flee from Babylon!

Scripture reading for August 17th: Jeremiah 46-52

“Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives!  Do not be destroyed because of her sins.  It is time for the Lord’s vengeance;  He will pay her what she deserves.  Babylon was a gold cup in the Lord’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk.  The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad.  Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her.” Jeremiah 51:6-8a

Jeremiah’s prophecies in the last chapters of his book are absolutely amazing and encouraging to every student of Scripture.  God has promised to watch over His word to perform it and we get in on some amazing performances; others are yet to be confirmed.  Jeremiah ends his book with the story of God’s dealing with Babylon because of her treatment of the people of God.  Babylon is to be destroyed suddenly and the people who will do it are named by Jeremiah 70 years before it happens.  The Medes and Persians would carry out God’s purposes and be his war club!  (Jeremiah 51:11, 20)  Jeremiah had earlier told the people that the captivity would last 70 years and that word came to pass!  (Jeremiah 25:11-12)

Through Jeremiah God calls to His people to flee from Babylon.  Although they will live there for 7o years, they must be ready to return to the promised land and to escape the punishment of God upon that land.  The end of Babylon would come quickly or suddenly.  Jeremiah tells how Babylon will fall.  In Jeremiah 51:36-40, he tells that God will dry up the sea or springs of Babylon.  The officials of Babylon will be aroused and drunk at a feast.  They will be shouting with drunken laughter and suddenly they will sleep forever!  This word was probably known by Daniel and helped him interpret the handwriting on the wall the night that Babylon fell!  The Babylonian officials were drinking from the golden goblets from God’s House in Jerusalem when the handwriting appeared on the wall. (Daniel 5) Daniel was called to interpret and God’s judgment fell before morning!  (Daniel 5:30) It is said that the Medes damned up the river and came in under the wall, taking the city from within!  What a fulfillment of God’s prophetic word!

This prophecy about the destruction of Babylon was to be read aloud to the captives in Babylon by Seraiah, an aid to King Zedekiah.  When he was finished, he was to tie a rock on it and throw it into the Euphrates River.  It was to sink to the bottom as a symbol of how Babylon would sink at the appointed time!  (Jeremiah 51:59-64)  For a real rush of adrenaline, turn to Revelation 18 and read the whole chapter in light of Jeremiah’s prophecy.  God’s word has multiple fulfillment and speaks to the time of the end as well as to the fall of Babylon in Daniel’s time.

“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. . . .Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her; death, mourning, and famine.  She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.” ” Revelation 18:4-5,8

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