God’s Judgment Against Babylon

“We need to repent of the haughty way in which we sometimes stand in judgment upon Scripture and must learn to sit humbly under its judgments instead. If we come to Scripture with our minds made up, expecting to hear from it only an echo of our own thoughts and never the … More

Judgment

This passage has to do with God’s Judgements against Babylon (vv. 1-10).

Jeremiah is God’s prophet declaring God’s truth that the heathen Babylonians will be captured and punished for their sins of pride and corruption. Their God Bel (also known as Marduk) who was the chief deity of Babylon, would be crushed in pieces and put to shame (vv. 1-2). Even though the instrument in the hand of Jehovah is described as people from the north coming to make the land of Babylon desolate, yet we see judgment is clearly declared and accomplished by the vengeance of Jehovah (v. 3). All the things in which Babylon had put her trust in (her treasures, mighty men, her waters, bring about complete overthrow of  her pride and her power.

God speaks regarding the Jews (vv. 4-10). They were like lost sheep that their shepherds had led them astray. Then they turned them loose in the mountains where they didn’t know how to get back to the fold. They were being devoured by their enemies because they have sinned against God. About this passage, Warren Wiersbe says, “While the immediate application is to the return of the exiles from Babylon, the ultimate reference includes the gathering of the Jew in the latter days. God warned the people to flee from Babylon so as not to be caught in the judgment that would fall. ( Rev. 18:4). He would bring the Medes and the Persians against Babylon and give them victory.”

Application

God tells me what we are to flee or stay away from. I Thess. 5:22 says to avoid or “abstain from all appearance of evil.” Lord  help me to abstain from all appearance of evil because the results are tremendous. I Thess 5:23, “and the very God of peace sanctify me wholly: and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Jeremiah 50:1-10 (English Standard Version)

The word that the LORD spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet: "Declare among the nations and proclaim, set up a banner and proclaim, conceal it not, and say: 'Babylon is taken, Bel is put to shame, Merodach is dismayed. Her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed.' "For out of the north a nation has come up against her, which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it; both man and beast shall flee away. "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. They shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, saying, 'Come, let us join ourselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.' "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. All who found them have devoured them, and their enemies have said, 'We are not guilty, for they have sinned against the LORD, their habitation of righteousness, the LORD, the hope of their fathers.' "Flee from the midst of Babylon, and go out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as male goats before the flock. For behold, I am stirring up and bringing against Babylon a gathering of great nations, from the north country. And they shall array themselves against her. From there she shall be taken. Their arrows are like a skilled warrior who does not return empty-handed. Chaldea shall be plundered; all who plunder her shall be sated, declares the LORD."

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