READ : Jeremiah 47:1-7
It is John Calvin, pastor of a congregation of Reformed Christians 450 years ago, who points out that these words of judgment spoken against the Philistines have an additional purpose. They are also intended as words of assurance for troubled believers.
The beleaguered believers of Jeremiah’s day, like many today, had difficulty with seeing the long view of history. If someone had told them that two thousand five hundred years later their children in the faith would be reading their story and honoring their God, they would have been incredulous.
They were living in a time when older members of their families told them what a thorn in the side the Philistines had been through the years. They needed this word from the Lord to assure them that Philistine power, Philistine culture, and Philistine religion would end up on the ash heap of history.
The enemy of God’s people works more subtly today. But his defeat is as sure as that of the Philistines. The apostle Paul assured the Christians at Rome: “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Rom. 16:20).
Great God, we claim Your promise that the Gates of Hell will not stand when God’s people, in full armor, challenge them. Thank You for help in the midst of trouble. In Jesus’ name. Amen.