- 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 50
Oracle against Babylon.
Jeremiah prophesized that Babylon was doomed to destruction by God’s anger, and exiled people of Israel would return home. “A nation from the north,” refers to Cyrus, the king of Persia.
God destroyed idols in Babylon. “Bel” other name, Baal, was chief god of Nippur, which was later identified in Babylon with the great cosmic god “Marduk.”
Israel and Judah will come weeping in joy to return to Zion and to renew the covenant with God. God called them out to flee from Babylon. God would pardon the sin of Israel and Judah, and no one would find any wrong among them.
Babylon was the human agent of divine destruction of Judah and other nations. God called Babylon to be God’s instrument to judge other nations, but she became arrogant, regarding herself to be God. As the result of it, she became the object of God’s judgement. Babylon would be destroyed completely and disappear from the history totally.
Babylon fell in October, 539 B.C.
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?