September 13, 2013

Today you should read: Jeremiah 51

Isn’t nice to know that, in the end, God wins? And even though it seems evil is victorious here on earth, it never really is. God wins in the future, and God is winning now. He is sovereign and strong; almighty and all-powerful. Even the darkest days of human history are used for His glory and will turn out for good (Romans 8). He rules today and He will rule on the last day. As Christians, this gives us a solace unparalleled.

Jeremiah wrote about the triumph of our God in the chapter we read today. Babylon, a sworn enemy of Israel, heard the curtain call. Their wickedness — pure evil — could not go unpunished. Israel and other nations saw Babylon as an unassailable foe. Could they stand against the Lord? No chance. These verses make it clear:

“Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, declares the Lord, which destroys the whole earth; I will stretch out my hand against you, and roll you down from the crags, and make you a burnt mountain. No stone shall be taken from you for a corner and no stone for a foundation, but you shall be a perpetual waste, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 51:25-26, ESV)

A few times in this chapter, the people were essentially told to “get out while you can”. If they wanted mercy, they had to get out of Babylon. What a great parallel to us and Christ! Consider Babylon as a picture of our sin. If we want to find mercy and freedom, there is only one way to escape: Jesus. But we need to embrace Him while we can. If not, we’ll experience the full weight of God’s judgment.

Are you grateful for Jesus today? Are you thankful that you have been pardoned and delivered from the “Babylon” you were in? Finally, are you striving to rescue others from impending judgment?

Posted by: Todd Thomas

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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