Thus Far Are the Words of Jeremiah

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 51:49-64

We have come a long way with Jeremiah, through four months of devotions. We began with the Lord telling him that before he had been born he had been called to be a prophet to the nations. Like Moses who had asked, “Who am I?” Jeremiah protested that he was too young. Then, like Jesus who cried out, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! . . . Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate” (Matt. 23:37, 38). Jeremiah announced that Jerusalem would fall before Babylon and that Solomon’s beautiful temple would be destroyed. For his faithful telling it exactly as Yahweh had told him, he was vilified, hated and denounced as a traitor and enemy.

In today’s reading we have both Jeremiah and God’s last word. It is victory, liberation and peace. “The Lord is laying Babylon waste. . . . let Jerusalem come into your mind” (vv. 55, 50). These words, spoken back when Zedekiah was taken to Babylon, were to be written down, tied to a rock, and thrown into the Euphrates as a sure sign of the impending fall of the enemy. In the midst of trouble, we are a people who live in hope.

PRAYER

Lord, thank You for the sign of a rock You gave to our parents in the faith 2500 years ago. Thank You for the signs and seals of the New Covenant in Jesus the Messiah. In His name. Amen.