Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow. Encamp all round her; let no one escape. Repay her for her deeds; do to her as she has done. For she defied the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. Jeremiah 50:29 (NIV)
Almost fifty years (586BC) before the fall of Babylon to Cyrus, king of Persia, in 539BC, Jeremiah wrote a prophesy concerning the fall of the Babylonian empire.
The Babylonians were a very powerful nation that showed little mercy when they conquered the nations around them. Yet their destruction was certain. Why? Because a more powerful nation than them would come against them? No! Because they became decadent and lost the will to fight? No! So what was the reason for their downfall?
We are given the answer in the verse above from Jeremiah 50 –
For she defied the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
Babylon fell because as a nation they set themselves up against the one true God and worshipped idols.
What relevance could this have for us today? Most of us live in countries where secularism and materialism are steadily replacing spiritual awareness and reverence for God. So how long will God wait before he punishes our nations for turning away from him? I don’t know, but I do know that history indicates that God sorts these things out in his time. We may not see the outcome in our lifetime, but we can be sure that God is working things out.
Take time to read Jeremiah chapters 46-49 and notice that although God speaks judgement on particular nations, he often speaks a future blessing on them –
- Later, however, Egypt will be inhabited as in times past, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 46:26;
- Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 48:47;
- Yet afterwards, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 49:6;
- Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam in days to come, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 49:39.
Take time to pray for your nation and its leaders. Ask God to bring the nation back to himself and restore his blessing on them.
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