A nation that had been the Lord’s battle-ax

Jeremiah Bible Background

11.09.2015 Old Testament: Jer 51.20–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 51–52 on November 9, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The Lord used Babylon to punish the ancient nations of the middle-east, using Babylon as a warrior would use a battle-ax,

“You are My battle-ax and weapons of war:
For with you I will break the nation in pieces;
With you I will destroy kingdoms;
With you I will break in pieces the horse and its rider;
With you I will break in pieces the chariot and its rider;
With you also I will break in pieces man and woman;
With you I will break in pieces old and young;
With you I will break in pieces the young man and the maiden;
With you also I will break in pieces the shepherd and his flock;
With you I will break in pieces the farmer and his yoke of oxen;
And with you I will break in pieces governors and rulers.”
(Jeremiah 51.20–23) 

Yet, later the Lord would use another nation, the Medo-Persian Empire, to punish Babylon for her sins. Therefore, the Lord may use you, but that does not mean He necessarily approves of you. Walk in the steps of our Master and Lord, Jesus of Nazareth, then you will know that the God of heaven favors you.

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