Babylon isn’t receiving the warmest words in today’s scripture. In fact, God makes it absolutely clear that He is disgusted by Babylon’s sin. What does this all mean, though? How are we supposed to interpret these verses? A few thoughts.
1) Babylon was an ancient city that was fully-opposed to the God of Israel. Babylonians mocked God and sought the destruction of His people. It was known for idol worship and sexual promiscuity.
2) Babylon was also a used as an allegorical city in scripture, denoting man’s perversities and lust. When we see references to Babylon in the Bible, it should cause us to ask the hard question, “Where in my life am I living like “Babylon”, willfully choosing sin over a good God?”
Today, I want to refer back to my friend Matt’s post on this passage years ago. He gives us some probing questions to ponder. Let this encourage you and push you to love Jesus more.
1) What facade am I failing to see through that is leading me to sin and pulling me further from God? This may require a season of prayer asking God to reveal this to you.
2) Am I filtering and aligning my lifestyle through the truth of God’s Word or something else?
3) Do I have any guardrails in place in my life to keep me walking with the Lord and battling sin?
In these final days we can’t get complacent and let our guard down when it comes to sin. It is a battle. Fortunately, it is a battle that Jesus Christ has already won for us! So today, press into Him for forgiveness and the strength to live a godly life.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor