Is God really in control of things? This was doubtless a question in the minds of the exiles in Babylon, who probably thought that he was, and the exiles in Egypt, who probably though that he wasn’t! This question is partly answered as we study the prophecies given for nine nations in Jeremiah chapters 46-51.

As God’s instrument of judgment, the Babylonians had destroyed Jerusalem and the surrounding Judean towns. In the town of Mizpah a new government had been set up by the Babylonians under the leadership of Gedaliah – there was hope of some stability after the devastation.

We saw last time that God does intervene in this world; in the natural world, in the political world and in our personal lives. The next few chapters of Jeremiah give some specific prophecies relating God’s intervention in nations around Judah at the time of Judah’s demise.

As human beings we were created in the image of God, but through the sin of our forefather, Adam we are born as people who are separated from God. But God loves us! He gave himself to die on the cross, in doing so, the ransom price for sin is paid and we may access forgiveness and a return to fellowship with God by simply placing our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Baruch was Jeremiah’s secretary. He served in assisting Jeremiah when he purchased a field and when a written message needed to be read out to the people of Judah and the king of Judah. His reward? He (and Jeremiah) had to go into hiding for fear of their lives after the king ripped up and burned the Baruch’s scroll containing God’s message. Having served Jeremiah and the Lord faithfully, Baruch cries out in this 45th chapter ‘Woe to me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.'

  1. Settling down?

After the battle for Baghdad in 2003 it seems that many in the scattered Iraqi army fled the city before the American soldiers arrived – abandoning their posts, some formed insurgent groups and others simply melted into the civilian world. This allowed a number of them continue to wage war against the invading western forces. In a similar way, after the siege of Jerusalem, many of the Judean soldiers had fled and were still scattered in the countryside around the Jerusalem area.