Week #102; Wed, Dec 11: Jeremiah 49:1–51:64
I. A personal Biblical yardstick helps study the Bible and God’s master plan.
A. Here’s mine:
- The Lamb’s Book of Life was compiled with our names before the foundation of the world.
- Isaiah 14 addresses the war in heaven and Satans fall along with his not so angelic followers.
- Lucifer’s pride escaped his internal controls and he and his followers exercised their free-will to contend with God over ruling God’s kingdom, a big mistake although God knew the outcome before hand.
- The split resulted in a ratio of 2/3 of the angels opting for God’s side and 1/3 of the angels opting for Lucifer’s side.
- When humans were created, God gave them free-will just like the angels.
- Our free-will to exercise our choice to follow God or not has similar consequences as the angels.
- Yes, Jesus died for all; however, God will only accept believers back into His pure kingdom.
- God already knows who will become a believer and He sealed their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world; blasphemy results in a name being deleted from the Lamb’s Book of Life.
- God does condemn some and does not want them back in His kingdom.
- God wants a restored pure kingdom where He will know that believers want to be on His side and not Satan’s side.
- So, our earthly environment is a temporary testing or proving ground.
- Yet, God knows the eternal outcome of our free-will choices that we make now here on earth.
- He is testing us now with His free-grace to make a free-will choice to believe in Jesus.
- God sent Jesus to die for all, but we have to believe in Him and more than that, we must develop our relationship with Him from that point on.
- Interlocking fingers depicts how tight our relationship with Jesus should be.
B. Inference: All Scripture (old and new) gets richer and richer, particularly if it is read as one voice of God from beginning to end.
C. Further, Colossians 3 isolates three important words: above, earth, and below. When directional labels are applied to these words, they render a vertical, horizontal, and transverse context for God, earth, and evil respectively.
D. Then, the current Scripture topic can be analyzed in an X, Y, and Z three-dimensional Cartesian context as good, bad, or ugly, and mentally plotted by pinpointing coordinates for the following elements (see: paragraph 4.B at www.jwaministries.net):
- Finding(s): Abnormality(ies)?
- Criteria: Basis for good results?
- Condition: What’s happening?
- Cause: How or why did the condition happen?
- Effect: Impact?
- Recommendation: Resolution for the condition/cause?
E. Assess and remember the slope of the topic’s curve; use as needed.
Jeremiah 49, Judgment on Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Kedar, Hazor, and Elam
1. “Concerning the Ammonites. Thus says the Lord: ‘Has Israel no sons? Has he no heir? Why then has Milcom (their king) dispossessed Gad, and his people settled in the cities? Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will cause the battle cry to be heard against Rabbah of the Ammonites; it shall become a desolate mound, and its villages shall be burned with fire; then Israel shall dispossess those who dispossessed him, says the Lord.'” (49:1-2)
A. Inference: “Milcom shall go into exile, with his priests and his officials.” (49:3)
- Finding: The battle cry will be heard against Rabbah of the Ammonites. (49:2)
- Criteria: The declaration by the Lord to Jeremiah.
- Condition: Israel will dispossess those that dispossessed them. (49:2)
- Cause: Milcom was an abomination to the Lord. (I Kings 11:5)
- Effect: Terror will be brought upon the Ammonites. (49:5)
- Recommendation: The Ammonites will have to wait and seek the promised restoration of their fortunes from the Lord. (49:6)
2. “Concerning Edom. Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Is wisdom no more in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom vanished? Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of Dedan! For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time when I punish him. (49:7-8)
A. “For Behold, I will make you small among the nations, despised among mankind. The horror you inspire has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, you who live in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as the eagle’s, I will bring you down from there.” (49:1-16)
- Finding: Edom shall become a horror. (49:17)
- Criteria: The declaration of the Lord to Jeremiah.
- Condition: “For I have sworn by myself, declares the Lord, that Bozrah shall become a horror, a taunt, a waste, and a curse, and all her cities shall be perpetual wastes.” (49:12-13)
- Cause: Pride.
- Effect: “Edom shall become a horror.” (49:17)
- Recommendation: Consider a change to follow the Lord quickly, abandon abominable practices.
3. “Concerning Damascus: Hamath and Arpad are confounded, for thy have heard bad news; they melt in fear, they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet. (49:23)
A. Inference: “Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares, and all her soldiers shall be destroyed in that day, declares the Lord of hosts.” (49:26)
- Finding: The soldiers of Damascus shall be destroyed.
- Criteria: Declaration by the Lord to Jeremiah.
- Condition: Pending destruction
- Cause: Pride.
- Effect: “I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.” (49:27)
- Recommendation: Quickly consider a change to follow the Lord.
4. “Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon struck down.” (49:28 )
A. Inference: “Thus says the Lord: ‘Rise up, advance against Kedar! Destroy the people of the east! Their tents and their flocks shall be taken, their curtains and all their goods; their camels shall be led away from them, and men shall cry to them: Terror of every side!” (49:28-29)
- Finding: Terror will be on every side.
- Criteria: Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has made a plan against you and formed a purpose against you. (49:30)
- Condition: The Lord uses Nebuchadnezzar to scatter Kedar to the winds.
- Cause: Wealth without care, secure, and at ease. (49:31)
- Effect: Hazor shall become a haunt of jackals, an everlasting waste; no man shall dwell there; no man shall sojourn in her.” (49:33)
- Recommendation: Flee
5. “The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah. ” (49:34)
A. Inference: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might. And I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven. And I will scatter them to all those winds, and there shall be no nation to which those driven out of Elam shall not come.'” (49:35-36)
- Finding: Elam will be scattered by the Lord. (49:37)
- Criteria: The fierce anger of the Lord.
- Condition: I will terrify Elam before their enemies and before those who seek their life. (49:37)
- Cause: No fear of the Lord; living at ease in wealth.
- Effect: I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them, and I will set my throne in Elam and destroy their king and officials, declares the Lord.
- Recommendation: The Elamites will have to die or flee and seek the promised restoration of their fortunes from the Lord. (49:39)
Jeremiah 50, Judgment on Babylon
1. “The word that the Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet: ‘Declare among the nations and proclaim, set up a banner and proclaim, conceal it not, and say: Babylon is taken, Bel is put to shame, Merodah is dismayed. Her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed'” (50:1-2)
A. Inference: “For out of the north a nation has come up against her, which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it; both man and beast shall flee away. In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come, and they shall seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, saying, ‘Come, let us join ourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.'” (50:3-5)
- Finding: Babylon is taken and it is put to shame.
- Criteria: Declaration of the Lord through Jeremiah.
- Condition: The people of Israel and Judah come to the Lord seeking to join with the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten. (50:4-5) Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name. He will surely plead their cause, that he may give rest to the earth, but unrest to the inhabitants of Babylon. (50:33-34) Babylon is a land of images and they are mad over idols. (50:38)
- Cause: The Lord said, “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold. All who found them have devoured them, and their enemies have said, ‘We are not guilty, for they have sinned against the Lord, their habitation of righteousness, the Lord, the hope of their fathers.'” (50:6-7) Babylon opposed the Lord and he will take vengeance for his temple. (50:24, 28)
- Effect: Chaldea shall be plundered; all who ponder her shall be sated, declares the Lord. (50:10) Therefore wild beasts shall dwell with hyenas in Babylon, and ostriches shall dwell in her. She shall never again have people, nor be inhabited for all generations. (50:39)
- Recommendation: Flee from the midst of Babylon, and go out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as male goats before the flock. (50:8)
Jeremiah 51, The Utter Destruction of Babylon
1. “Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will stir up the spirit of a destroyer against Babylon, against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai, and I will send to Babylon winnowers, and they shall winnow her, and they shall empty her land, when they come against her from every side on the day of trouble.” (51:1-2)
A. Inference: “For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the Lord of hosts, but the land of the Chaldeans is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel.” (51:5)
- Finding: The Lord has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes (and Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz), because his purpose concerning Babylon is to destroy it, for that is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance for his temple. (51:11, 27)
- Criteria: “The land trembles and writhes in pain, for the Lord’s purposes against Babylon stand, to make the land of Babylon a desolation, without inhabitant.” (51:29)
- Condition: “Prepare the nations for war against her (Babylon), the kings of the Medes, with their governors and deputies, and every land under their dominion. (51:28)
- Cause: I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, declares the Lord. (51:24)
- Effect: “For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time when it is trodden; yet a little while and the time of her harvest will come.” (51:33)
- Recommendation: “Go out of the midst of her, my people! Let every one save his life from the fierce anger of the Lord!” (51:45)