I guess this is a thing that I have got onto as I have read and studied Jeremiah’s prophecy. That there are too many people who profess Christianity who are only open to hearing the “good” promises of God. Does anyone want to hear the words of “Promise” which purpose to judge the wicked; to judge our own wickedness; to put an end to evil in ourselves and our nation? Today I address the word of God, and His purpose for Babylon…
“Set up a banner in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations against her, call the kingdoms together against her: Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. Appoint a general against her; cause the horses to come up like the bristling locusts. Prepare against her the nations, with the kings of the Medes, its governors and all its rulers, all the land of his dominion. And the land will tremble and sorrow; for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without inhabitant. The mighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting, they have remained in their strongholds; their might has failed, they became like women; they have burned her dwelling places, the bars of her gate are broken. One runner will run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on all sides; the passages are blocked, the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are terrified.” Jeremiah 51:27-32 (NKJV)
The prophet had been treated generously by Babylon; particularly by Nebuzaradan captain of the guard, who gave him the choice of staying in the land or going to Babylon (Jeremiah 40:2-4). He chose to remain in Jerusalem, and be some guidance, and help to the other Judahites who were left to care for vineyards and other farming work.
Chapter 51 basically deals with God’s judgment on Babylon. Babylon was and is a picture of everything the people of God are not to be. They were idol worshipers who loved their idols, and worshiped them with great enthusiasm. Why not? These idols allowed them to remain in their sin, rejection of the true God, and let them go to their death the way they chose to do so. That is what making a god in the image of the beast will do for you. They keep you bound in your sin, and free from the liberty from sin.
The lesson we need to get from the above verses is found in the statement: “For every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon…” Without the words, “Against Babylon” the statement is still true. Everything God says has promise and purpose. Some of God’s promises are conditional. Some of God’s promises are unconditional. That is what we always need to remember. What ever God has said will be done; just as He said it would be done. He promised to send the Savior. He sent His Son. He came and died on the cross, was buried, and bodily arose from death, and the grave. He is forever alive saving all who will come to Him believing.
Promise or Purpose? Yes/both.