Jeremiah 50* The ruin of Babylon. (1-3,8-16,21-32,35-46;) The redemption ofGod's people. (4-7,17-20,33,34)1-7 The king of Babylon was kind to Jeremiah, yet the prophetmust foretell the ruin of that kingdom. If our friends are God'senemies, we dare not speak peace to them. The destruction ofBabylon is spoken of as done thoroughly. Here is a word for thecomfort of the Jews. They shall return to their God first, thento their own land; the promise of their conversion andreformation makes way for the other promises. Their tears flownot from the sorrow of the world, as when they went intocaptivity, but from godly sorrow. They shall seek after the Lordas their God, and have no more to do with idols. They shallthink of returning to their own country. This represents thereturn of poor souls to God. In true converts there are sinceredesires to attain the end, and constant cares to keep in theway. Their present case is lamented as very sad. The sins ofprofessing Christians never will excuse those who rejoice indestroying them. 8-20 The desolation that shall be brought upon Babylon is setforth in a variety of expressions. The cause of this destructionis the wrath of the Lord. Babylon shall be wholly desolated; forshe hath sinned against the Lord. Sin makes men a mark for thearrows of God's judgments. The mercy promised to the Israel ofGod, shall not only accompany, but arise from the destruction ofBabylon. These sheep shall be gathered from the deserts, and putagain into good pasture. All who return to God and their duty,shall find satisfaction of soul in so doing. Deliverances out oftrouble are comforts indeed, when fruits of the forgiveness ofsin. 21-32 The forces are mustered and empowered to destroy Babylon.Let them do what God demands, and they shall bring to pass whathe threatens. The pride of men's hearts sets God against them,and ripens them apace for ruin. Babylon's pride must be herruin; she has been proud against the Holy One of Israel; who cankeep those up whom God will throw down? 33-46 It is Israel's comfort in distress, that, though they areweak, their Redeemer is strong. This may be applied tobelievers, who complain of the dominion of sin and corruption,and of their own weakness and manifold infirmities. TheirRedeemer is able to keep what they commit to him; and sin shallnot have dominion over them. He will give them that rest whichremains for the people of God. Also here is Babylon's sin, andtheir punishment. The sins are, idolatry and persecution. Hethat will not save his people in their sins, never willcountenance the wickedness of his open enemies. The judgments ofGod for these sins will lay them waste. In the judgmentsdenounced against prosperous Babylon, and the mercies promisedto afflicted Israel, we learn to choose to suffer afflictionwith the people of God, rather than to enjoy the pleasures ofsin for a season.
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