Judgment on Judah-Jeremiah 25:8-12

Jeremiah 25:8-12 “Therefore the Lord Almighty says this: “Because you have not listened to my words, 9 I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,” declares the Lord, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin. 10 I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 “But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,” declares the Lord, “and will make it desolate forever.” 
Geremia 25:8-12 “Perciò, così dice il SIGNORE degli eserciti: “Poiché non avete dato ascolto alle mie parole, 9 ecco, io manderò a prendere tutte le nazioni del settentrione”, dice il SIGNORE, “e manderò a chiamare Nabucodonosor re di Babilonia, mio servitore, e le farò venire contro questo paese, contro i suoi abitanti e contro tutte le nazioni circostanti; li voterò allo sterminio e li abbandonerò alla desolazione, alla derisione, a una solitudine perenne. 10 Farò cessare in mezzo a loro il grido di gioia e il grido d’esultanza, il canto dello sposo e il canto della sposa, il rumore della macina e la luce della lampada. 11 Tutto questo paese sarà ridotto in una solitudine e in una desolazione, e queste nazioni serviranno il re di Babilonia per settant’anni. 12 Ma quando saranno compiuti i settant’anni, io punirò il re di Babilonia e quella nazione”, dice il SIGNORE, “a causa della loro iniquità; punirò il paese dei Caldei e lo ridurrò in una desolazione perenne.” 

After the continuous rejection of the words of the prophet, Jeremiah, God used the Babylonians as an instrument of judgment on Judah and their allies. Judah would not listen to their own prophets so God sent a ruler they could not reject in the form of their enemy, the Babylonians. This was a sad time as the sounds of joy and gladness (v. 10) was replaced by a desolate wasteland (v.11). Jeremiah predicted 70 years of captivity with accuracy (from 605 BC to 536 BC). Why 70 years? It seemed to correspond to the number of years that the people of God refused to obey His law concerning the Sabbath rest for the land (Leviticus 25:3-5). Daniel, who was in captivity at this time, was aware of the prophecy of Jeremiah (Daniel 9:2) and served the Lord working under various Babylonian rulers the entire time of Judah’s captivity.  
     According to Jeremiah, God would also punish Babylon for its cruelty. History describes the fall of Babylon that would be replaced by the Persian Empire under Cyrus the Great in 539 BC. An interesting point is that God stirred up Cyrus to make the decree allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:22). 
     People today have had many opportunities to hear the Gospel; their reactions are no different than the majority of the people of Judah. Judgment is not an easy subject to address but it will come according to God’s Word. 
Pray with me: Lord, I live in a world that’s not really different from that of Jeremiah’s day. Help me to continue the drumbeat of preaching the Good News knowing that the Great Judgment Day is coming. 

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