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Jeremiah 51 [Read]
Jeremiah 52 [Read]
Hebrews 6 [Read]
With a severe prediction against Babylon, Jeremiah ended his prophecy (Jer 51:64). Although it’s a long and gloomy book, we can still extract important messages about God and his way of executing his will.
God is patient, and he continuously sends his faithful servants to rebuke, remind, and restore his people. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (29:11, ESV). God’s purpose is never for punishment or harm, for he is the one who created us. His plan is to make us whole, even when his children are rebellious. However, the road to wholeness and restoration must pass through the valley of Baca. The ones persevere to the end shall be brought home.
God can and will use anyone, even the wicked ones, to accomplish his will. “The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster.” (Prov 16:4). Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians are “a gold cup in the LORD’s hand” to “make the whole earth drunk” (Jer 51:7). At the end, God’s vengeance will be upon them (51:56). We must not be discouraged by the short-term prosperity of the wicked, and we must not question God’s justice by our limited view of the history.
God always leaves a lamp for his people. After he uproots and tears down, overthrows and destroys, he will also build and plant (31:28). In his time, he gathers his people from exile and establishes a new covenant with them (31:31-34). All those who seek him will find him, and all those who genuinely devote their lives to him shall be renewed. He will be their God, and they will be his people. Even in the midst of a desperate situation, we need to remember that “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? “(32:27)
God is demanding, so it’s not easy to be servants of God. They must be ready to face many hardship (1:18), and they are not allowed to be terrified by it (1:17). But he promises his servants that “they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you” (1:19). He has done that with Jeremiah, and he shall do it with all who are willing to submit to his will. May his will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
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