Jeremiah 47–52: Judgment & Exile

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 22: Friday

For neither Israel nor Judah has been forsaken
By his God, the LORD of hosts,
Although their land is full of guilt
Before the Holy One of Israel.

Jeremiah 51:5

Friday’s Bible reading of Jeremiah 47–52, finishes the book. Cawley and Millard title chapters 46–51 as Prophecies Against Foreign Nations, and write:

“In the LXX [Septuagint] these chapters follow 25:13, and are in a different order. Here they move from west to east, with Babylon, the final enemy last.”1

The final chapter, Jeremiah 52, summarizes the rebellion and death of Zedekiah and the destruction of Jerusalem (“4–16 are abbreviated in 39:1–10 and repeated in 2 Ki. 25.”2). The numbers of exiled Jews are recorded as well as the treatment of Jehoiachin in Babylon.

It is tragic to read of the burning of the city and the burning of the temple that had been build by Solomon. The bronze pillars, stands and sea of the temple are broken and the metal is carried to Babylon. The gold and silver stands and temple vessels are taken as well. It’s a terrible reality of God’s judgment on His people who had forsaken Him—but even in these final chapters there is promise of God’s mercy and hope of God’s restoration.

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Isaiah 42 Photograph: ChristianPhotos.net – Free High Resolution Photos for Christian Publications
1, 2F. Cawley, A. R. Millard, “Jeremiah,” The New Bible Commentary: Revised,
D. Guthrie, J. A. Motyer, eds., A. M. Stibbs, D. J. Wiseman, contributing eds., pp. 653, 658.
The Chaldees Destroy the Brazen Sea, James Tissot: Public Domain.

Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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