JEREMIAH 51:35-36: “The people who live in Zion say, “May the violence done to us be done to Babylon.” Jerusalem says, “May the people of Babylon be held responsible for our deaths.” This is what the LORD says: I am going to take up your cause and get revenge for you. I will dry up Babylon’s sea and make its springs dry.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Will the people of God prevail? Will righteousness be vindicated in a world filled with disobedience and rebellion? Will the kingdom of light prevail over the kingdom of darkness? These were all questions in the hearts of the Jews who were captives in Babylon, and they are the same questions that are in the hearts of God’s people today.
When you read the book of Jeremiah it is hard to find an abundance of uplifting devotional thoughts. Jeremiah had an unpopular calling. Jeremiah was called to proclaim God’s judgment against the people of Israel for their sins, and then upon the nations filled with pride that felt they were beyond the reach of the Lord’s justice. It is at times a difficult book to read, as it was a difficult book for Jeremiah to proclaim and to write. Yet, it does answer the important question – “Will the people of God prevail?”.
There is a resounding promise throughout Scripture. God will punish all sin and wickedness, but He will show mercy and compassion to those who love Him, to those who live by faith and walk according to His Word. Jeremiah boldly proclaims – “…The Lord says: I am going to take up your cause and get revenge for you. I will dry up Babylon’s sea and make its springs dry.”
When this was written, Babylon held the reigns of world power and domination. There was no nation that was able to stand before its mighty power. This power had moved them into a strong delusion trusting in their own accomplishments and in the worship of idols. This combination of self pride and idol worship set them up for a strong fall. As we look over history we can see this repeating over and over again. And as we read the book of Revelation we can see this same combination of pride and idol worship leading toward the final confrontation between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. The good news is – “…The Lord says: I am going to take up your cause and get revenge for you…”
- “I saw heaven standing open. There was a white horse, and its rider is named Faithful and True. With integrity he judges and wages war. His eyes are flames of fire. On his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him, but only he knows what it is. He wears clothes dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven, wearing pure, white linen, follow him on white horses. A sharp sword comes out of his mouth to defeat the nations. He will rule them with an iron scepter and tread the winepress of the fierce anger of God Almighty. On his clothes and his thigh he has a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” (Revelation 19:11-16 GW)
There is a coming day when the Lord Himself will take up our cause. It will not be through our own human effort that sin and the enemy will be defeated. It will be through the brightness of His coming and the Word of God proceeding from His mouth. Until that day we live by faith. We continue to sow seeds of righteousness. We continue to love and pray for our enemies. We continue to live as peacemakers in a world filled with hatred and strife. We continue to proclaim the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. And as we do – we look up, for our redemption draws closer every day!
The Lord will take up our cause!
In Jesus Name!