“This is what the Lord says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, ‘The Babylonians will surely leave us.’ They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down.” Jeremiah 37:9-10
(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 37-39 & Psalm 79 & 2 John)
The holdouts in Jerusalem kept thinking that they could hold off the Babylonians. Jeremiah kept telling them otherwise.
Now Jeremiah gives the word (from God) that no matter what is done to the Babylonians they will defeat King Zedekiah and those still in Jerusalem.
Their fear need not be of the Babylonians but of God’s assurance that the Babylonians would prevail no matter what.
God doesn’t need an army to do what needs to be done. Think of the many examples of one army defeating another in the Old Testament. The side that God was with would prevail. Sometimes, as in today’s story, those who were considered God’s people had sinned their way into being on the “wrong” side.
The “number” thing reminds me of the time David got into serious trouble with God by taking a census. David got it into his head that his power was based on something other than God. God’s punishment on David and Israel was severe.
And in this story the consequences were also severe. Jeremiah had prophesied to everyone who would listen that they needed to surrender to the Babylonians in order to live. Granted they would be taken from Jerusalem to Babylonia but they would survive there. The message went unheeded and disaster came on those who chose to stay in Jerusalem and resist the Babylonians.
I need to understand the greatness of God. Nothing is beyond Him. Nothing overwhelms Him. The evil I see will not win in the end, in fact, it might not win in the next second! I must be committed to doing whatever God wants me to do. Maybe He wants me offering written resistance to the godless I can reach? Maybe He doesn’t. I need to be willing to go with His flow.
“What a great story. No matter what, You will win the day! My security cannot be in anything else other than You. Forgive me for trusting counterfeit gods. I love You, Father.”