READ : Jeremiah 46:1-12
We return to the book of Jeremiah to find the prophet addressing the Lord’s words to the leading pagan nations of his day. Can’t you see the wary look in the eyes of those in the U.S.A. and Canada who for the past century have been telling us “You can’t impose Christian standards on the rest of society. That would be THEOCRACY. God forbid!!”
Can’t you see Jeremiah looking at them and replying, “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way. . . .” (Ps. 2:11-12, kjv).
Pharaoh Neco represented the pagan military power to which the unbelieving covenant people had turned in hope of military victory over Babylon. But he was the one who had killed good King Josiah. He and his forces went down to defeat before the Babylonians at the Battle of Carchemish, one of the decisive battles of the ancient world. Jeremiah says, “For the Lord God of Hosts holds a sacrifice . . . by the river Euphrates” (v. 10). Who do you believe? Jeremiah, or today’s doubters?
Gracious God, we’re not used to taking seriously Jesus’ command for us to “teach all nations to observe all that he commanded us.” Help us to work toward that day when “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” In His name.