The LORD speaks of Bozrah (capital of Edom) in Jeremiah 49:16; He says, “Your fierceness has deceived you, The pride of your heart, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Who hold the height of the hill! Though you make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from there,’ says the LORD.” They were deceived to think they would continue to have peace and prosperity. What deceived them? It was their military strength and the pride in their hearts. The LORD explains, it doesn’t matter how high up a person or nation is, His judgment will bring them low.
Jeremiah prophesies the judgment on Babylon… this judgment happened in the prophet Daniels day but I believe it has foreshadowing’s of the Babylon seen in the book of Revelation. Jeremiah 50:2 says, “"Declare among the nations, Proclaim, and set up a standard; Proclaim—do not conceal it— Say, 'Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; Her idols are humiliated, Her images are broken in pieces.'” God’s judgment is always just, but He longsuffering desiring people to repent. The verse above shows us the good that comes out of judgment… the false gods and the powers of darkness behind them are “shamed” and “broken.”
Jeremiah 50:4 continues with the good that would happen: "In those days and in that time," says the LORD, "The children of Israel shall come, They and the children of Judah together; With continual weeping they shall come, And seek the LORD their God.” The LORD relents from doing harm (Joel 2:13 & Jonah 4:2), but when it is inevitable, He releases in a way and a time to bring as many people as possible back to Him. God is good; His mercy is forever, so we must “consider the goodness and severity of God” (Rom. 11:22).
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan