(Today's post by Chris a Queen)
For 45 chapters, the book of Jeremiah centered around the prophecies against Israel. God delivered his message through His prophet, and Israel continually turned their back on the truth that Jeremiah shared. (To be perfectly honest, I got to the point where every chapter felt the same: Jeremiah delivers a prophecy, and the king and others would push back with, “how dare you say that?” Over and over again – lather, rinse, repeat.)
Since chapter 46, we’ve read the prophecies that God sent through Jeremiah to the nations surrounding Israel. Some of these nations were related to the Israelites in some way, while others weren’t.
The prophecies in chapter 49 concerned the Ammonites:
4 Why do you boast of your valleys, boast of your valleys so fruitful? Unfaithful Daughter Ammon, you trust in your riches and say, ‘Who will attack me?’ 5 I will bring terror on you from all those around you,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty. “Every one of you will be driven away, and no one will gather the fugitives.”
12 This is what the Lord says: “If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, why should you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must drink it. 13 I swear by myself,” declares the Lord, “that Bozrah will become a ruin and a curse, an object of horror and reproach; and all its towns will be in ruins forever.”
The residents of Damascus:
25 Why has the city of renown not been abandoned, the town in which I delight? 26 Surely, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,” declares the LordAlmighty.
And Kedar and Hazor:
29Their tents and their flocks will be taken; their shelters will be carried off with all their goods and camels. People will shout to them, ‘Terror on every side!’ 30“Flee quickly away! Stay in deep caves, you who live in Hazor,” declares the Lord.
What’s the lesson here? Well, it’s hard for us to go, “you know, those folks in Kedar had it coming.” But the truth that we can take away from these prophecies is that these nations weren’t God’s chosen people, nor did a majority of them follow Him. Yet they, like the people of Israel, were subject to His judgment.
I don’t want to get all hellfire and brimstone on you, but the same is true for us today. Paul tells us in Philippians 2 that one day, “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (verses 10-11, emphasis mine). The question is: will you bow and acknowledge when you commit your life to Him, or will it be your last act before eternal condemnation?
If there’s any doubt in your mind and heart, please don’t hesitate to talk to me or anyone you trust who is a believer. Nobody escapes judgment, but there’s hope to emerge from it in a forever relationship with Him!