The Fall of Jerusalem

The Brexit saga continues! As I write, the House of Commons has just passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, second reading, but they subsequently voted against the Government’s proposed timetable. Many people ask, can the Prime Minister be trusted. Is his promise that the UK will leave the EU on 31st October really going to happen? Currently no one knows – I suspect that includes the prime minister himself!

This contrasts sharply with promises that the God of the Universe makes.

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.

We’ve been studying the penultimate section of Jeremiah, a section that describes the fate of 11 nations. As we study this section, we see clearly that whilst this world is indeed the territory of Satan, God is active in bringing about his plans and purposes.

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.

We’ve been thinking about God’s intervention in this world. We’ve noted that usually God’s interventions are ‘providential’ using apparently normal events to bring about his  plans and purposes. As we think of God’s interventions in the nations, we see a pattern of judgment for sin.

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.'