Jeremiah Devotions #14: “Free at Last!”
Bible Reading for Today: Jeremiah Chapters 49-52.
Note: If you have followed me on this devotional journey through Jeremiah, including today’s long reading in the last four chapters of this book of the Bible, congratulations! You have just finished reading the longest book of the Bible. (Although it only has 52 chapters, it still contains more words than any other book in the Scriptures). Enjoy today’s final devotional thought on this prophetic Old Testament book…
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: “The children of Israel were oppressed, Along with the children of Judah; All who took them captive have held them fast; They have refused to let them go. Their Redeemer is strong; The Lord of hosts is His name. He will thoroughly plead their case, That He may give rest to the land, And disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.” (Jeremiah 50:33-34).
In chapters 49-51, Jeremiah continues prophesying against the nations, primarily focusing on God’s judgment against Babylon who would come and carry the people of Judah away into captivity. In the final chapter (52), we see the narration of the fall of Jerusalem to the armies of Babylon. In the above passage, we see the Lord discussing the situation of His people in captivity. Just as Israel (the northern Kingdom) had been scattered by Assyria, now Judah (the southern Kingdom) is exiled by Babylon. But the Lord declares that even though Babylon doesn’t want to let Judah return home, God is going to raise up an army (Persia) against them and ultimately, His people will return to their homeland. And why? Because the Lord – their Redeemer – is strong. If God is for them, who can be against them? Answer: No one!
There are two different ways of looking at these passages of judgment in Jeremiah. First of all, to the enemies of God, there is an absolute certainty that there is a day of judgment coming when the Sovereign Lord of all Creation is going to judge every man according to his works. There is only one means of salvation to the wrath to come, and that is to cling to the Cross of Christ, to call upon the name of the Lord and find forgiveness of sins through Jesus. But secondly to the Christian, there is the hope that ultimately, even though we may lose some battles and go through stormy seas and dark valleys, ultimately, there is coming a day where we will meet our gracious God face to face in the paradise of Heaven. Do you know Jesus? Are you ready for eternity? If not, I encourage you to check out this page: How To Meet Jesus.
Ah Lord God, gracious and compassion Saviour! I am so thankful that you are good, and your mercy endures forever. Reveal yourself to those reading these words today, and help them to encounter Jesus in a new, fresh, real and personal way. Help them to know you as the God of their salvation! Adopt them into your family, forgive their sins, and then give them abundant life, hope, joy and peace. In Jesus’ precious and wonderful name, amen!
Jeremiah said: “This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:21-25).
Pastor Chris Jordan