Today’s passage: Jeremiah 50:1-46
- After seeing several nations receive word of judgment coming from the Lord, Babylon (The tool God used for judgment on those preceding nations) now has two full chapters committed to themselves.
- Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians in 539 B.C.
- God used Babylon to punish Israel, and Babylon would be judged for being a curse to Israel. (Romans 9:14-24)
- As we read this chapter, we see many promises that are partially fulfilled in the return of Israel from Babylonian Exile…but these promises will be finally and fully accomplished still in the future.
- Verse 20 is a good example of this. The Remnant that God preserves will all be seen as without sin, having their righteousness imputed to them through Christ!
Questions to consider:
- How do these prophecies and promises expand and refine our view of the providence, justice, eternality and holiness of God?
- As powerful as Babylon surely would have been considered in their day, what were they compared to Almighty God? What is the most powerful, most talented, most wealthy person, or corporation, or nation in the world compared to the Lord? What will Jesus have to do to win the victory at the final battle (Revelation 19:11-16)?
- How do all these truths infuse life and power into a passage like Proverbs 3:5-6? How can you trust in the Lord today?