Jeremiah 49 & 50
Jeremiah 49 & 50:
Future judgment on Babylon
God continues to reveal future events through His prophet Jeremiah. In chapter 50 He turns His attention to Babylon. Even though He will allow Babylon to discipline His people, He does not excuse their sinful, idolatrous behavior. So even before the conquest of Judah is complete, He announces His future judgment on Babylon herself. The near fulfillment would take place when Cyrus, king of the Medes and Persians, conquered Babylon in 539 B.C., but the prophecy also has a yet future fulfillment which will take place near the second coming of Christ.
Foolishness to those who are perishing
Repeatedly the psalmist asks God for understanding concerning His precepts. Without God’s help through the indwelling Holy Spirit, it is impossible to understand spiritual truths. The Word of God is foolishness to those who are perishing (those who are not saved), but to those who believe, it is the power of God for salvation (1 Cor. 1.18)—not just the one time regeneration that makes us His children—but the on-going blessings and continuing work of God and His Word in our lives.
Does being good matter?
“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.”
In Psalm 73 the psalmist looked around and saw the ungodly prospering and, at one point said, “Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain …”
Have you ever felt that way? Like you are being good for nothing? That it doesn’t really matter?