Jeremiah 50 … Consider Him, Our Strong Redeemer

“Their Redeemer is strong, the Lord of hosts is His name;
He will vigorously plead their case
So that He may bring rest to the earth,
But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon,”
(50:34).

Two chapters, one hundred and ten verses, are devoted to the prophecy against Babylon. I just had to keep reading. And tomorrow, we will learn that the prophecy was written on one scroll to be carried and read before Nebuchadnezzar a little more than fifty years before it would all transpire, to be read during the time of Babylon’s affluent wealth as the most powerful kingdom on earth, read at a time that would be difficult to fathom that such prestige and power could be undone within the next five decades.

But if we have learned anything from our fifty days in Jeremiah, it is that what He says, He means; and what He means He says. And there is a repeat of what He said yesterday, reminding all people that He desires to be their Shepherd, emphasizing once again that none can compare to Him; for who could ever care and protect like He can, who would even dare to liken themselves to Him, the Uncontested Shepherd?

“Behold, one will come up like a lion from the thicket of the Jordan to a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make them run away from it, and whoever is chosen I will appoint over it. For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand before Me?” (50:44).

And while today, we read a lengthy prophecy depicting His coming wrath directed at Babylon, still there is much that shines a light on His hope and His promise of deliverance for those who look to Him as their Shepherd and Strong Redeemer.

Redeemer. “1350. גְּאוּלִים geʾûliym,  גָּאַל gāʾal: to redeem or buy back from bondage…Theologically, this word is used to convey God’s redemption of individuals from spiritual death and His redemption of the nation of Israel from Egyptian bondage and also from exile,” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

And God calls us to look to the day when He will buy back from bondage all those who belong to Him. It is another dual prophecy, relating to what God had already done in redeeming His people out of Egypt and looking ahead to their redemption from Babylonian exile, and ultimately, to the day that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would redeem individuals from spiritual death through faith in Him.

As we read of the judgment that will definitely come to Babylon (and in fact, did), we will be reminded that His judgment is not merely fixed on a place, but it is on the spirit of Babylon, the spirit of seduction, immorality, blasphemy, bloodshed, wickedness, violence, and every unclean thing that will be wiped off the face of the earth.

And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality, (Revelation 14:8).

And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly, (Revelation 17:3-6).

And today is a tragic reminder that there will be those who continue to reject Him, and will suffer eternal consequences. But today also calls us to place our faith in Him as Our Strong Redeemer; for when we do, He will vigorously plead our case, standing in our place to take our sin and our judgment, that we would be made right and acceptable to stand before Holy God in His righteousness.

“Their Redeemer is strong, the Lord of hosts is His name;
He will vigorously plead their case
So that He may bring rest to the earth,
But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon,”
(50:34).

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Consider Him, Our Strong Redeemer

As we consider Him in today’s chapter in the midst of His pronounced judgment on Babylon, we will see His eternal blessings provided when we are bought out of bondage and brought back to Him, Our Strong Redeemer.

  • He is Our Strong Redeemer Who bought us out of bondage to join us to Himself in His Everlasting Covenant.
    • They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten, (50:5).
  • He is Our Strong Redeemer Who bought us out of bondage to lead us to our resting place.
    • They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces
      “My people have become lost sheep;
      Their shepherds have led them astray.
      They have made them turn aside on the mountains;
      They have gone along from mountain to hill
      And have forgotten their resting place,”
      (50:6).
  • He is Our Strong Redeemer Who bought us out of bondage to be our habitation of righteousness and hope.
    • “All who came upon them have devoured them;
      And their adversaries have said, ‘We are not guilty,
      Inasmuch as they have sinned against the Lord who is the habitation of righteousness,
      Even the Lord, the hope of their fathers,’’
      (50:7).
  • He is Our Strong Redeemer Who bought us out of bondage to pardon us from all our sin.
    • “And I will bring Israel back to his pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan, and his desire will be satisfied in the hill country of Ephraim and Gilead. 20 In those days and at that time,’ declares the Lord, ‘search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found; for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant,’” (50:19-20).
  • He is Our Strong Redeemer Who bought us out of bondage to silence all warfare.
    • “Therefore her young men will fall in her streets,
      And all her men of war will be silenced in that day,” declares the Lord,
      (50:30).
  • He is Our Strong Redeemer Who bought us out of bondage to put an end to all arrogance and pride.
    • “The arrogant one will stumble and fall
      With no one to raise him up;
      And I will set fire to his cities
      And it will devour all his environs,”
      (50:32).
  • He is Our Strong Redeemer Who bought us out of bondage to release us from oppression.
    • Thus says the Lord of hosts,
      “The sons of Israel are oppressed,
      And the sons of Judah as well;
      And all who took them captive have held them fast,
      They have refused to let them go,”
      (50:33).
  • He is Our Strong Redeemer Who bought us out of bondage to vigorously plead our case in His righteous justice.
    • “Their Redeemer is strong, the Lord of hosts is His name;
      He will vigorously plead their case
      So that He may bring rest to the earth,
      But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon,”
      (50:34).

How do we respond to Him, Our Strong Redeemer?

Let’s face it, reading about His wrath is no easy undertaking. But oh how faithful He is to constantly remind us that He Is Our Strong Redeemer Who paid the price to buy us out of bondage with His precious blood.

knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ, (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Today, let us find all our security in Him, Our Strong Redeemer; for in Him we are kept safe in His Everlasting Covenant that bought us and brought us to His resting place and habitation of righteousness and hope, to pardon us from all our sin, to silence all warfare, to put an end to all arrogance and pride, to release us from oppression, and to vigorously plead our case in His righteous justice.

Oh, that we would grow in our desire to follow Him as we meet Him in His Word, that we would walk closely with Him, secure in His provision. But, when we do sin, let us not run away from Him, but let us be quick to run to Him, Our Strong Redeemer, for He continues to plead our case before the Father in His righteous justice.

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous, ( 1 John 2:1 NLT).

Oh, let us never take for granted the privilege we have in Him, Our Strong Redeemer, to receive the adoption as His children and to know Him as our Father.

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God, (Galatians 4:4-7).

Today, and every day, let us live as who He has bought us to be, His adopted children, that all we do would be to the praise of His glory and filled with unending gratitude for the riches of His grace that our Father has lavished upon us. Oh, may we never forget what He has done for us and may we never cease to be amazed by all that we have been lavishly given through Him, Our Strong Redeemer.

He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us… (Ephesians 1:5-8).

And today, and every day, let us seek opportunities to share the gospel with others, that they too would escape eternal judgment and receive His lavish gift of grace and redemption through faith in Him, Our Strong Redeemer.

But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; (Romans 3:21-24).

Let’s Grow Together!

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