Friday, November 9, 2012

As the nation crumbles before us, what do we do? (Part 2)

Thank you for reading yesterday's post concerning Jeremiah and the destruction of Judah. I would like to follow up on that with, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story. In the book of Jeremiah, written during the latter stages of Judah's collapse, right in the midst of the dire prophecies of impending doom, there is this ray of glorious hope - the prophecy of the New Covenant, in which ...
God would restore His people, and give them new hope, new birth - a New Covenant. However, this newness of life would not come until not only the near-total destruction under Babylon, but would also be delayed until the total annihilation of the Old Covenant system, which finally came 40 years after the resurrection of Christ, when the Romans utterly destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple. What was the blackest of events for the Jews became the glorious light of hope through the preaching of the Gospel to the whole world, from which and through which God is gathering His elect people. So let us continue in hope, for Jesus, the King of the Universe, will have His will done on earth as it is heaven. That day will come. Maybe not in our time, but it will come. Soli Deo Gloria!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

As the nation crumbles before us, what do we do?

Jeremiah watched the crumbling of his beloved nation. Inspired by God, he wrote a book about it. It's called "Lamentations". Though God raised up Babylon to punish Israel for their sins, it was not a joyous thing, but lamentable indeed. And He raised Babylon, not because He loved Babylon, nor because they were righteous, but because He loved His people, and saw to their discipline; but He hated Babylon whom He raised up, for they were evil to the core, and in due time saw to their just deserts, and reduced Babylon to dust. O that He might grant us repentance, and visit His enemies today.