READ : Jeremiah 51:34-48
If you have broken the law and are sentenced to a term in prison, you are getting the just rewards of your misdeeds. But if you are then subjected to brutality on the part of the authorities in prison you have a right to cry out for justice. Judah was paying the price for her unfaithfulness to Yahweh, her God, but Babylon was treating her cruelly and without mercy. We heard the cry of the prisoners in our opening verses today.
Then came the Good News, the gospel. “How Babylon is taken, the praise of the whole earth seized!” (v. 41). “Go out of the midst of her, my people!” (v. 45). You are free! You are liberated! You are delivered!
Five hundred and sixty years later a far greater liberation took place. Jesus bound the strong man (Mark 3:27), and let the captives go free. At the Cross, “He disarmed the principalities and powers and made a public example of them” (Col. 2:15). We, the liberated ones, can sing the words of the old hymn, “Come we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known; we’re marching through Immanuel’s ground to fairer worlds on high.”
The God who set His ancient covenant people free from Babylon has set us free from the power of death and hell through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thank You, Lord, for breaking open the doors of our Babylon and setting us free. In Jesus’ name. Amen.