READ : Jeremiah 50:1-16
Jeremiah 50 and 51, as well as Isaiah 13 and Revelation 18, are not the Christian’s ordinary “devotional” reading. Babylon had been used by the Lord to punish His unfaithful people. But she gave the glory to her gods and mocked the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Jeremiah had counseled the Lord’s people to submit to Babylon and to accept His sentence of 70 years exile. But in this chapter he calls Babylon the Great herself to account and prophesies that she shall come crashing down.
In the 5th chapter of Daniel the story of Belshazzar and the handwriting on the wall describes the fulfillment of this prophecy. Belshazzar calls for the gold and silver cups from Jerusalem in order to drink to his gods. And that night the Medes entered the city, he was slain, and mighty Babylon fell.
The brutal power of the Soviet Union cracked apart just a few years ago. “This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes” (Matt. 21:42).
“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 11:15, kjv). What a joy to be able to say, “I am, and ever will be, a part of that Kingdom” (Heidelberg Catechism, L.D. 21).
Lord, the Babylons of this world look so powerful. But we know that You control the future. Thank You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.