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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Jeremiah's Warnings (Jeremiah 50:39)

Jeremiah ends with a series of prophetic warnings to the nations that had gone against Israel. So that brings up two questions in my mind: 1) do those warnings still apply today and 2) what do I need to learn from the sins of those disobedient nations?

We get the answer to the first question all the way back in Genesis 12:3 and Genesis 15:7:

Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15:7 Then He said to him (Abraham), "I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.

The Lord made this promise to Abram, who He renamed Abraham. Abraham became a father of many nations. But Scripture specifically tells us that God passed these promises down from Abraham to his son, Isaac, (Genesis 17:19-21, 26:3-4) and then to Isaac's son, Jacob (Genesis 27:29, 28:4). Then God renamed Jacob, Israel (Genesis 32:27).

So do the promises of God given to Abraham, passed down to Israel still apply today? Yes they absolutely still apply today. God's promises are not temporary but everlasting. So that means I need to make sure I am supporting the blessing of Israel, not those who wish to curse it or take away its land.

Second, Jeremiah prophesied judgment on Egypt, Philistia (Palestine), Moab (southern Jordan), Ammon (northern Jordan), Edom (southwestern Jordan), Damascus (Syria), Elam (southern Iran and southern Iraq), and Babylon (Iraq).

The reason for God's judgments on these nations was:

  • (1) They led Israel into idolatry including child sacrifice (2 Kings 3:26-27).

  • (2) They were prideful.

- Pride is taking credit for what God or others have done.

- Pride is looking down on others.

- Pride makes us think we can take care of ourselves without God's help.

  • (3) They stole land from God's people, Israel

Yet, we must never lose sight of God's goal behind His judgments. God's goal is always to correct and purify all people as they realize their sin, repent of it, and turn to Him:

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

So in gratitude for God's love for me and His desire to restore me to a relationship with Him, I need to examine my heart and my actions and make sure I am:

  • supporting the blessing of Israel and their right to the land God gave them

  • guarding my heart against pride

  • making sure I am not allowing any idols to take hold of my time, preventing me from focusing on God and spending time in His Word, in prayer, praising Him, and living to bring Him glory.

Dear Lord, Thank you for Your prophetic warnings that we easily see happened just exactly as You said they would through the Prophet Jeremiah. Even today we can see that Babylon remains desolate and uninhabitable just as you promised 2,600 years ago through both Jeremiah and Isaiah.

So Lord, the more that I study Your Word, the more that I absolutely know all 39 books of the Old Testament and all 27 books of the New Testament are inspired by You, truth without error, profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness.

Lord, please help me stay on Your path, obediently following the plan You have for me, and always giving You all the glory and praise. Lord, reveal to me any areas where I am being prideful or allowing idols to creep in so that I may repent and turn back to You.

In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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