Today the Lord says Babylon is “My battle ax and weapons of war: For with you I will break the nations into pieces”.
After the Lord uses Babylon to judge the nations, Babylon will be judged by the Lord. The Medes and Persians will one day destroy Babylon.
In 597 BC Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, comes up against Jerusalem and besieges the city. He carries off as captives King Jehoiachin as well as everyone else in Jerusalem leaving only the poorest people. “And he carried out from there all the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house, and he cut in pieces all the articles of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the Lord, as the Lord had said.”
Nebuchadnezzar makes King Jehoiachin’s uncle, Mattaniah, the new king of Judah and changes his name to Zedekiah. Zedekiah is an evil king who ignores the Word of God and he also rebels against King Nebuchadnezzar. When the Chaldeans come up against Jerusalem, Zedekiah has his men ask Jeremiah to pray to the Lord for them.
Pharaoh’s army from Egypt comes to help Jerusalem so the Chaldeans turn back. However, the Lord responds by saying that next time Egypt’s army won’t come to help and, “The Chaldeans shall come back and fight against this city, and take it and burn it with fire.”
Tomorrow Jeremiah gets thrown into a dungeon and we meet the prophet Ezekiel so keep reading.
(Jeremiah 51:15-58, 2 Kings 24:10-17, 2 Chronicles 36:10, 1 Chronicles 3:10-16, 2 Chronicles 36:11-14, Jeremiah 52:1-3, 2 Kings 24:18-20, Jeremiah 37:1-10)