Jeremiah 50:4-10 (JDV)
Jeremiah 50:4 In those days and at that time – this is what Yahveh declares – the sons of Israel and sons of Judah will come together, weeping as they come, and will seek Yahveh their God.
Jeremiah 50:5 They will ask about Zion, turning their faces to this road. They will come and join themselves to Yahveh in a permanent covenant that will never be forgotten.
Jeremiah 50:6 My people were lost sheep; their shepherds led them astray, guiding them the wrong way in the mountains. They wandered from mountain to hill; they forgot their resting place.
Jeremiah 50:7 Whoever found them devoured them. Their adversaries said, “We’re not guilty; instead, they have failed Yahveh, their righteous grazing land, the hope of their fathers, Yahveh.”
Jeremiah 50:8 Escape from Babylon; depart from the Chaldeans’ land. Be like the rams that lead the flock.
Jeremiah 50:9 You see, I will soon stir up and bring against Babylon a collection of great nations from the north country. They will line up in battle formation against her; from there she will be captured. Their arrows will be like a skilled warrior who does not return empty-handed.
Jeremiah 50:10 The Chaldeans will become plunder; all Babylon’s plunderers will be fully satisfied. This is what Yahveh declares.
These are words of great comfort to a people who have undergone great tragedy. They knew tragedy spiritually, in that they lost their resting place, and everything that happened to them was the result of their own sin. They would come back to him again. They would come together again.
They knew tragedy physically, in that everything they had was lost. Even their children were killed or taken away to a foreign land by the Babylonians. Now, God says, they will be able to return. And that empire that caused all this tragedy will become plunder to other nations.
God speaks into the current situation with words of comfort for those who are facing tragedy.
Lord, we want to come together again, and turn to you, weeping.