Friday, October 01 2010
Verse of the Week: V18 “The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against His commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.”
1. The Fall Of The Proud (V1-11)
V1 “How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!”
Jeremiah witnessed both the glory and greatness of the city of God as well as its devastation and destruction by the hands of the Babylonians. He saw how the people of God became proud and God allowed the Babylonians to attack and destroy them and carried them captives to Babylon. This was why the people of God wept as they sat down by the rivers of Babylon after suffering as slaves under the Babylonians when they remembered Zion, the city of God, and how they were once blessed of God.
Psalms 137:1 “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.”
2. The Fall Of The Careless (V12-17)
V12 “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of His fierce anger.”
Jeremiah preached to the people to repent of their sins yet they would not hear and were careless with their life and testimony. As the nation of God, instead of being an example in righteousness to all the nations of the world, they were careless with their life and testimony. This was why Jeremiah wept as he saw the wickedness of the people of God.
V16 “For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.”
3. The Fall Of The Rebellious (V18-22)
V18 “The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against His commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.”
God’s punishment came and the rebellious people of God suffered as slaves under the rule and power of the Babylonians. The Lord is righteous and you can never escape His punishment if you are proud, careless and rebellious.
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to be righteous as You are righteous.