Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 49-50
Today’s Reflection: Jeremiah 50:2
“Declare among the nations and proclaim, set up a banner and proclaim, conceal it not, and say: ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is put to shame, Merodach is dismayed. Her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed.'”
In speaking judgment against Babylon, a judgment that was to come in the not too distant future, God’s Word to Jeremiah proclaimed that the gods, images and idols of Babylon would be shamed to all the world.
In modern prophesy, Babylon represents nations built upon worldly ideals: hedonism, greed, lust, pride and vanity. We see much of this in our modern world. Know then, that just as Babylon was shamed then, modern Babylon will be shamed now.
The racism, ethnocentrism and xenophobia that is passed off as patriotism will be put to shame. The greed and classism that is dismissed as a minor but necessary byproduct of ‘progress’ will be put on display for the world to see. The hedonism that is excused as culture, the lust and egocentrism thinly veiled as liberal thinking, and the confusion classified as post-modern thinking, all of these ideological idols will be dismayed.
For now these philosophies, theories and beliefs are worshipped and practiced and apparently flourish. But one day God will pull back the whole curtain and the whole world will see these things for the destructive lies that they truly are. God tells us it shall be so.
2 Corinthians 10:5 – We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
Revelation 18:2 – And he called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.