Archive for October 11th, 2017

For the last forty years and the last 49 chapters, Jeremiah has been telling Judah that the Babylonians are God’s servants, raised to power to punish Judah for their idolatry. Jeremiah was passionate for his people, yet burdened with the office of having to preside over the punishment of his people. This message was delivered to King Zedekiah, who was in Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon when Judah was carried away, recognised Who God is, but the subsequent Kings did not, and so this chapter is about the judgment that fell on Babylon as a result.

Verses 1–3 tell of Babylon being overthrown by the Meads and the Persians, known as the Medo-Persian Empire. In v.4–10, Jeremiah prophesies that Babylon will be conquered and Israel will go home. In v.11–13, Jeremiah indicts Babylon permanently: it shall not rise up again. Verses 14-15 tell us that God will take revenge on behalf of Judah, and He will punish Babylon for her ungodliness and idolatry. This indictment carries on through to v.40, where He says that Babylon will not be rebuilt, and to v.46, where He says, “Babylon has been taken!” This passage shows that God holds everyone who has heard of Him to the same account. Almighty God is a just and fair God.

Today, we are under the New Covenant. Jesus died and has risen again and all our sins are forgiven, if we ask in faith. Romans 8:1 tells us, “there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus”. Our sins are not held against us as they were for Israel, Judah and Babylon, but we are still called to follow the way of Christ. Can we say, as the man in Luke 9:57 said, “Lord I will follow You wherever You go”?

At the final judgement, all who follow Christ will be held to account, not for what sins we have committed – those have gone, we have been forgiven – but for our actions. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive according to what he has done in the body”. We will be judged on how we have lived.

Let us walk with purposely the way of Christ each day, and so please the Father’s heart. Let us say with our whole heart, “Lord I will follow You wherever You go.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayer: Help me to walk with You today, wherever that leads me. Amen.

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