“They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be until the day I visit them, saith the Lord; then will I bring them up, and restore them to this place.” (Jeremiah 27:22)
The prophet Jeremiah spent over 40 years proclaiming a message of doom to the stiff-necked people of Judah. He was despised an rejected by his countrymen, and cried tears of compassion as he told them the harsh prophecies that would come upon them if they would not do what God said they must do. Through his sermons and signs he faithful made known to them that if they did not surrender to God’s will they would not escape the calamity that would come.
Because of his radical message of God’s judgment through the coming invasion, he led a life of conflict, and as an object lesson to Judah, Jeremiah was not allowed to marry. (16:2) Daniel spoke of Jeremiah’s prophecy of the seventy-year captivity. (Daniel 9:2)
In the New Testament Matthew referred to Jeremiah’s prophecy in (2:17, 18), (31:15)(21:13); Mark 11:17; Luke 19:4, 7:11; Romans 11:27, 31:33; and Hebrews 8:8-13, 31:31-34.
Jeremiah’s warning that because Judah refuses to repent, and defies God’s words, the Babylon captivity is inevitable. The prophet lists the moral and spiritual causes for their coming catastrophe, but he also proclaims God’s gracious promise of hope and restoration. There will always be a remnant and God will establish a new covenant.
Even though Judah has broken the covenants of her great King, in His new covenant with them, He will “put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (31:33) The Messiah instituted that new covenant with His death and resurrection. (Matthew 26:26-29)
We cannot judge the people who refused to be obedient to the Lord. We who live today are guilty of doing the same. We will also have to sand before God and give an account of ourselves to Him. May we strive to be the godly Christians He calls us to be.
The prophet Jeremiah spent 40 years,
Trying to get the people of Judah’s attention,
But they ignored God’s warning of coming catastrophe,
And to use the nation of Babylon was His intention.
May we realize that we as a nation,
Must turn back to the Lord,
Or we like Judah will suffer the consequences,
For our sin He will not disregard.
Please forgive us, O Lord, that we are not the Godly nation you call us to be. In Jesus name and for his sake. Amen.