- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 25
Seventy years of captivity.
For twenty-three years, Jeremiah has prophesized in Judah and Jerusalem for people to leave away from evil and to return to God. They have not listened. And God sent Babylonian king Nubuchadrezzar to devastate Judah, her land and people.
Jeremiah’s prophecy was Judah’s captivity to Babylonia for seventy years. No one of this faithless generation will see the restoration seventy years later. Even though Judah’s destruction was her punishment, the exiles will be vindicated, and Babylonia too will receive divine punishment by her enemies.
Enactment of Jeremiah, taking the cup filled with the wine of divine wrath and making all nations to drink it, symbolizes divine anger from which the nations will drink, beginning with Judah and then passing it to each of neighbors in turn. Drinking wine was an act of celebrating and feast. But here, it symbols the opposite. After Jerusalem and the town of Judah drink from the cup of wrath, it will pass among Judah’s enemies, Egypt, then through neighboring nations and city states and finally, to Sheshack, another name of Babylonia. The nations cannot refuse to drink because God has already begun to bring disaster upon them.
The symbol of the cup of wrath is divine justice. Even though God punished Judah and she is going be suffering from Babylonia, in the future Judah’s enemy, Babylonia, will be punished for their crime.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?