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Jeremiah 51:1-53 ~ Titus 2:1-15 ~ Psalm 99:1-9 ~ Proverbs 26:17
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Old Testament – Jeremiah Chapter 51 dives into Babylon’s destruction! Lately we’ve been basically just looking at Babylon the city & empire and Nebuchadnezzar from the historical perspective – though, certainly seeing where and how God has been interacting with Babylon. I think it might be a good point here to consider the spiritual connotations of Babylon. A great place to begin this conversation is in Revelation Chapters 17 & 18 where Babylon is discussed.
Below is an image of Babylon before its destruction…
It is interesting in the middle of Jeremiah 51 we have a few verses of a hymn of praise to God – verses 15 through 19. Again, in verse 18, idols are mentioned and can be assumed as one of the prime reasons of Babylon’s destruction: “Idols are worthless; they are lies! The time is coming when they will all be destroyed.”
The other thing to note in this chapter is that earlier in Jeremiah we read about the coming destruction of Jerusalem – but always with the note of ultimate redemption. In this chapter with Babylon, and other chapters discussing Babylon, there is no redemption for Babylon. This city will not be restored…
Below is artist John Martin’s “Fall of Babylon” from Illustrations from the Bible, 1835:
New Testament – Titus chapter 2 today is full of great wisdom from Paul! Please let these verses sink in. Verse 14 stands out: “He (Jesus) gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing what is right.”
In Titus 2:11 we read: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all people.”
Psalms – Psalm 99 is a great psalm of praise! This Psalm mentions the word Lord 7 times. I like verse 6 a lot: “Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called on his name. They cried to the LORD for help, and he answered them.” These were obviously some godly men in the Bible.
I love Psalm 99 verse 3 – “Let them praise your great and awesome name. Your name is holy!” I think sometimes in our modern world we can forget that God’s name is holy. Jesus’ name is holy. These holy names change things. They change everything. If ever you are ever feeling like you are being confronted by evil – maybe even in your sleep in a dream – call upon Jesus’ name and watch the evil flee from you immediately. It is true… Jesus’ name is holy! God’s name is holy!
Proverbs – Proverbs 26:17 makes me chuckle. I don’t know what it is about this Chapter 26 of Proverbs, but the analogies are cracking me up lately. (I didn’t post up the vomit analogy a day or two ago… you’ll have to look that one up…) Today’s verse tells us – “Yanking a dog’s ears is as foolish as interfering in someone else’s argument.”
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.” Proverbs 26:17 (NIV)
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