Babylon thrown down
Jeremiah 50:11-16 (JDV)
Jeremiah 50:11 Because you celebrate, because you exult – you who plundered my inheritance – because you frisk like a young cow treading grain and neigh like stallions,
Jeremiah 50:12 your mother will be utterly humiliated; she who bore you will be put to shame. Notice! She will lag behind all the nations – an arid open country, a desert.
Jeremiah 50:13 Because of Yahveh’s wrath, she will not be inhabited; she will become a desolation, every bit of her. Everyone who passes through Babylon will be appalled and scoff because of all her wounds.
Jeremiah 50:14 Line up in battle formation around Babylon, all you archers! Shoot at her! Do not spare an arrow, because she has failed Yahveh.
Jeremiah 50:15 Raise a war cry against her on every side! She has thrown up her hands in surrender; her defense towers have fallen; her walls are demolished. Since this is Yahveh’s vengeance, take your vengeance on her; as she has done, do the same to her.
Jeremiah 50:16 Cut off the planter from Babylon as well as the wielder of the sickle at harvest time. Because of the oppressor’s sword, each will turn to his own people, each will flee to his own land.
Babylon thrown down
God’s word through Jeremiah was that the great empire of Babylon would become an uninhabited desolation. There are two things we need to understand about God’s prophetic books in the Old Testament.
First, the prophecies came true! God brought Babylon ruin and the whole land became uninhabited because God condemned their actions.
Secondly, some of those prophecies give us insight into God’s further revelation. For example, Babylon was a real empire that God destroyed as recorded in several Old Testament prophetic books. But Babylon also became a symbol of all human empires that seek to destroy God’s people.
“Then one powerful angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone, threw it into the sea, and said, “With this kind of sudden violent force Babylon the great city will be thrown down and it will never be found again!” (Revelation 18:21 NET).
Lord Jesus, come and throw down all your great enemies. Come and bring peace and righteousness back to our planet.
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