Lent Devotional: Jeremiah 50:1-4

by Jonathan Haefs

Jeremiah 50:1-4 (click here)
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, Merodach is dismayed. Her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed.” (Jeremiah 50:2)

Jeremiah prophesied amidst the height of the Babylonian empire. As the supreme world power, Babylon ruled with an iron fist. None who opposed her could stand.

I imagine that to be alive at the time, it would seem that Babylon would last forever. Yet, at that very point in history, God spoke through the prophet declaring the destruction of Babylon with all its gods as if it were taking place at that very moment.

On God’s timeline, Babylon was a blip, and all it’s power a barely noticeable mark.

This is true of all earthly kingdoms.

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?… He who sits in the heavens laughs…” (Psalm 2:1, 4)

Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Greece, Rome… these empires form the backdrop of Biblical history…each seemingly as permanent as the one before it…yet not a single one of these empires exists today. Their remains are merely tourist destinations. They lie in ruins.

Yet, God’s throne has not moved.

Such truth is a rod iron for our spine amidst troubled and dark days (which all have been since the fall of mankind). We look at current kingdoms, governments, and nations, as if they will last forever and their trajectory will determine the outcome of history.

“He who sits in the heavens laughs…”

There is only one who is in control… only one whose kingdom is forever… only one… Jesus.

Trust not, hope not in any kingdom of this world… and do not despair because of any kingdom in this world.

You are a citizen of the only kingdom that will last forever and your king holds every moment past, every second of the present, and all of eternity that lies ahead.

Trust in the King of kings…Jesus.

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