I’d like to share with you, if I may, some of the things I have gleaned from my personal bible study. I have been finishing up the book of Jeremiah and in chapter 50, Jeremiah is prophesying against Babylon, as well as the restoration of God’s people to Zion. Here are three things I gleaned from this chapter. They may seem like simple things, but I think we all need to be reminded of them every once in a while.
Be a Leader.
“Escape from Babylon; depart from the Chaldeans’ land. Be like the rams that lead the flock.”Jer. 50:8
While we cannot escape from this earth, we can denounce our allegiance to the powers and principalities that rule the world, escaping to the Kingdom of God, pledging our allegiance and being reconciled to Him.
By living life according to God’s will, we can be the leaders setting an example for the rest of creation.
Engage in the Fight.
Line up in battle formation around Babylon, all you archers! Shoot at her! Do not spare an arrow, for she has sinned against the Lord. Raise a war cry against her on every side! She has thrown her hands up in surrender her defense towers have fallen; her walls are demolished.Jer. 50:14-15
Who is Babylon? The enemy that tried to take the inheritance from God’s creation, the one who rejoices at sin and corruption, the principalities and powers that we are called to fight against.
We are called to take up our weapons and fight against the assailant, the one who has sinned against the Lord–Satan and the principalities and powers who follow him. We are to be relentless in our fight against them. Raising a war cry against them.
What is our war cry? Prayer and the Word of God.
We don’t have to worry about our arsenal running out because it is a spiritual arsenal provided by the Living God, the Lord of Armies.
Jesus is Our Champion.
Thus says the Lord of hosts:
The children of Israel and the children of Judah are oppressed together; all who took them captive have held them fast; they refuse to let them go. Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is His name. He will surely and thoroughly plead their case and defend their cause, that He may give rest to [the land of Israel and to the Babylonian-enslaved nations of] the earth, but unrest to the inhabitants of Babylon.Jer. 50:33-34
When we were held by sin, Jesus came forward as our Champion, fighting for us and earning us our freedom. How much more so will He do that for us now, His brothers and sisters, His family? When we are locked in a battle, He comes forward as our Champion. He pleads our case to the Father, bringing our requests and grievances before Him.
He thoroughly pleads our cause. He leaves nothing out from His case for us, and He defends us with that same tenacity and thoroughness. He does all of this so that we might find rest within the Kingdom, within God Himself.