Jeremiah 51

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • 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 51

Oracle against Babylon.     

Overview.

The oracle against Babylon in chapter 51 is focused on two themes — the destruction of Babylon and the liberation of Israel. Verses 1-5 emphasize first person speech recounting God’s plan for the siege, saying “I will.”

Why does God destroy Babylon? Because Babylon destroyed other nations (v.7), and she became arrogant herself. (v.53)

Babylon had been the golden cup of wrath in the hand of God. God called her to do God’s plan (v7), war club and weapon for battle (20), but she has fallen, and broken by God. Leb Kamai (1) was a cryptogam for Chaldea, that is, Babylonia. Bel was Babylonian deity. God would bring another nation, Medes, to destroy Babylon.

Oracle about the destruction of Babylon called for Israelite who were exiled flee from the destruction of Babylon so that they might save themselves (45-53). It was a call for liberation of the people in exile.

Seraiah, Baruch’s brother went to Babylon with the scroll containing prophecies against her. After reading the scroll, he attached it to stone and sank it into the river. That was a symbolic act for Babylon would be destroyed. God’s will for Babylon was clear. It needed only to come to completion; Babylon to its end, and exiled Jewish people to return home.

Reflection.

 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?  

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