The Condemnation of other Nations, cont’d. Jeremiah 46-51
Jeremiah 50-51-The Condemnation of Babylon cont'd.
Jeremiah 51:1-4,7-14-The description of the coming destruction of Babylon by Persia is continued.
Jeremiah 51:5-6-God warns Israel and Judah to not trust in Babylon to save it.
Jeremiah 51:15-16-These verses describe the power of God in terms of the powers of nature.
Jeremiah 51:17-18-All nations show their ignorance by worshipping false gods that are of their own making.
Jeremiah 51:19-23-58-But Israel’s God is the true God and He uses them to accomplish His purposes.
Jeremiah 51:59-64-Jeremiah's scribe was Seraiah, brother of Baruch (cf. 32:12)...not the Seraiah in 36:26; 40:8; 52:24-27. When Jeremiah had finished his prophecy concerning the destruction of Babylon…he told Seraiah that when he arrived in Babylon he was to read it out loud and decloare that this was God’s sentence of judgment on Babylon. He was then to tie a stone to it and throw it into the middle of the Euphrates River. This was a demonstration say that just as the scroll sank down, so would Babylon sink down and rise no more.
The Capture of Judah Jeremiah 52
Jeremiah 52:1-23-These verses are a historical appendix and show how Jeremiah's prophecies were fulfilled. They are almost identical to 2 Kings 24:18-25:30.
Jeremiah 52:4-11-The siege of Jerusalem began in January 587 and continued until July 586. When the Babylonian army breached the walls of Jerusalem…Zedekiah and some of his leaders tried to escape. However, they were captured and taken to Babylon…where the leaders were put to death in front of Zedekiah. Then, his eyes were gouged out…their deaths being the last thing that he would ever see.
Jeremiah 52:15-This is a second deportation (3,023 Jews-this is probably the number of males).
Jeremiah 52:30-This is a third deportation (4,600 Jews-this is probably the number of males). It was probably a punishment for the assassination of Gedaliah (chapter 41).
Jeremiah 52:31-Evil-merodach became king after his father Nebuchadnezzar...he reigned 562-560 B.C. He brought Jehoiachin, King of Judah out of prison in the 37th year of the exile.
Prayer: Father, there is no escaping Your will. When You say that something is going to happen…it will happen. Please help me to recognize Your voice and to understand what You are saying. Don’t let me be confused by the voices of false prophets and teachers. Help me to be obedient to Your will.