Aug. 19. Babylon’s Destruction Further Described

Jer. 51:1-64

The destruction of Babylon was a sure punishment for the evil that they had committed. Jeremiah continued to describe the events that would take place against them. They would be separated as chaff is separated from grain at harvest. Even Babylon could have been saved from destruction if they would have accepted God’s healing. They did not.

Bel Marduk was the god considered by the Babylonians as their chief god and creator of the earth. They conducted a festival at the beginning of each year to assure that the world would continue to stand. Jeremiah pointed out the futility of worshipping a molded image carved out by a metalsmith. The Lord of hosts was the One who had made the earth by His power. All of the realms of nature obey His commands.

The invaders from the north would swarm against Babylon like locusts. All would fall and be broken to pieces as if by one wielding a battle-ax. Horses, chariots, riders, old men and women, young men and maidens, shepherds and farmers with their flocks and beasts of burden would all be broken along with their governors and rulers.

Jeremiah’s message contained encouragement for God’s people who would be in exile in Babylon. Even in their exile, they would be remembered by Him. They were the avenue in which He had planned to bring His Son, in time, to reign as King.

Zedekiah had come to Babylon during the fourth year of his reign. Seraiah, his quartermaster had accompanied him on that trip. Jeremiah wrote the words that had been spoken against Babylon and instructed Seraiah to read them. Following the reading, he was to tie a stone on the book and toss it into the Euphrates River as a symbolism that, “Babylon shall sink and not rise from the catastrophe that I will bring upon her. And they shall be weary.”