This is what God gave me today in his word:
“Summon archers against Babylon, all those who bend the bow. Encamp around her; let no one escape. Repay her according to her deeds; do to her according to all that she has done. For she has proudly defied the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. (Jeremiah 50:29)
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah with them. All who took them captive have held them fast; they refuse to let them go. (Jeremiah 50:33)
Wait a minute, didn’t God want to Babylonians to come in and capture the Israelites? So why would God suddenly turn on the Babylonians in favor of his people? That just doesn’t make sense. Well let’s look at the next verse:
Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name. He will surely plead their cause, that he may give rest to the earth, but unrest to the inhabitants of Babylon. (Jeremiah 50:34)
Ah, so God wanted to show the power of the Redeemer. So, first he uses a sinful nation (Babylon), to capture Israel, to show them there faults, and then saves them by way of a redeemer. Well, we all have faults too, right? (The correct answer is Yes, by the way), so do we need a redeemer?
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, theforgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:7-8)
We too have a redeemer, Christ himself! Who died for us on the cross to buy us back to himself. And unlike with the Israelites, we don’t have to earn that redemption.
You are loved!