Jeremiah 51 … Him, Our Portion

The portion of Jacob is not like these;
For the Maker of all is He,
And of the tribe of His inheritance;
The Lord of hosts is His name,
(51:19).

Instructions were given to Seraiah upon his arrival in Babylon: he was to immediately read aloud all the words of God’s proclamation that had been written on a single scroll by the prophet so all would hear, to then be followed with a visible object lesson, illustrating the finality of all they had just heard.

So Jeremiah wrote in a single scroll all the calamity which would come upon Babylon, that is, all these words which have been written concerning Babylon. 61 Then Jeremiah said to Seraiah, “As soon as you come to Babylon, then see that you read all these words aloud, 62 and say, ‘You, O Lord, have promised concerning this place to cut it off, so that there will be nothing dwelling in it, whether man or beast, but it will be a perpetual desolation.’ 63 And as soon as you finish reading this scroll, you will tie a stone to it and throw it into the middle of the Euphrates, 64 and say, ‘Just so shall Babylon sink down and not rise again because of the calamity that I am going to bring upon her; and they will become exhausted.’” Thus far are the words of Jeremiah, (51:60-64).

Somehow, my mind drifted to a familiar scene from movies that I’ve seen more than once. People gathered to hear a will read aloud. Some sit smugly, rising stars in their own mind, convinced in their own wit and wisdom of what they surely had coming. But then to everyone’s surprise, the least expected, the weakest, the no-talent, the one who had been written off by everyone else, winds up with the portion of the will that sets him up for life.

And as God apportions out His Will to the nations, those who are children of faith receive what truly sets them up for life, eternal life in Him, Our Portion

Consider Him, Our Portion

Portion: “2506. חֵלֶק ḥēleq: A masculine noun indicating a portion, a territory. It indicates a portion, a share, a piece of territory in many ways: a part of booty or spoil… the portion or share of fortune that the Lord gives to persons…” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

When we believe His promise, then like Jacob, the son of Abraham, we too become sons of Abraham, in line for our inheritance to receive more than we could have ever dreamed, unlike anything we could imagine (the portion of Jacob is not like these). Though so weak and so undeserving, through faith, we not only receive, but we are reckoned by God as righteous.

Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham, (Galatians 3:6-7).

And even more, we are not only reckoned as righteous in His sight, but through faith, our share of His fortune is that we become the righteousness of God in Him, Our Portion.

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).

But the inherited territory for all those who refuse Christ is eternal damnation and separation from Holy God.

…the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

And though some may vigorously argue and contest His Will, God both purposes and performs what He speaks concerning His enemies.

 Lift up a signal against the walls of Babylon;
Post a strong guard,
Station sentries,
Place men in ambush!
For the Lord has both purposed and performed
What He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon,
(51:12).

But through Jesus, we can have full confidence that He both purposes and performs what He speaks concerning those who become His children through faith.

…In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory, (Ephesians 1:10-12).

He has purposed our inheritance in Christ. And the truly amazing and seemingly impossible thing is that even while we were still His enemy, if we place our faith in the death of His Son, we are reconciled to Holy God and placed in line to receive our inheritance. And Paul tells us in Romans, that if His death could accomplish the seemingly impossible, how much more His Life?

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life, (Romans 5:8).

Through faith, we inherit Him as Our Portion. What more could we possibly desire or need seeing that we have everything needed to become partakers of the divine nature of Him, Our Portion.

seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust, (2 Peter 2:3-4).

How do we respond to Him, Our Portion?

When the children of Israel were preparing to enter the Promised Land and the territories were being divided and apportioned amongst the sons of Jacob, the priests, who were of the tribe of Levi, were not given any land. Why? Their portion was to be God Himself; their inheritance was to free them from attachments to anything other than to serving the Lord.

At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to serve Him and to bless in His name until this day. Therefore, Levi does not have a portion or inheritance with his brothers; the Lord is his inheritance, just as the Lord your God spoke to him, (Deuteronomy 10:8-9).
(see also Deuteronomy 18:12; Numbers 18:20; Joshua 18:33; reiterated by the prophet, Ezekiel in 44:28).

It was God Who appointed men to be priests. And when we come to faith in Christ, the Bible tells us that we too are appointed as His priests to offer up spiritual sacrifices.

 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ, (1 Peter 2:5).

And as priests, our inheritance frees us to live for Him, eternally secure in Christ, Our Portion.

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory, (Ephesians 1:13-14).

But God as Our Portion is not a New Testament idea. It has always been for those who have trusted Him and Him alone, who knew there is nothing else needed in this life, and had received their eternal inheritance as they looked ahead in faith to the promise of Him, Our Portion.

And Our Portion is nothing like the world’s, finding its worth in fleeting possessions that will quickly fade away. Our Portion is the Creator of all the Universe and the God of Angel Armies, mighty in His strength, sovereign in His rule, and eternal in His being.

The portion of Jacob is not like these;
For the Maker of all is He,
And of the tribe of His inheritance;
The Lord of hosts is His name,
(51:19).

Because He is Our Portion, and because our lot in this life is apportioned by Him, let us be intentional to fix our mind on all that is beautiful and pleasant in our inheritance from Him.

The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me,
(Psalm 16:5-6).

Because He is Our Portion, let us ask Him to grow us in our desire for only Him, and to grow our faith to trust His strength in whatever He allows to come our way.

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever,
(Psalm 73:25-26).

Because He is Our Portion, let us run to Him as our refuge, trusting He will always hear our cries in our weakness and will deal bountifully with us as He answer our prayers.

I cried out to You, O Lord;
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
“Give heed to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are too strong for me.
“Bring my soul out of prison,
So that I may give thanks to Your name;
The righteous will surround me,
For You will deal bountifully with me.”
(Psalm 142:5-7).

Because He is Our Portion let us ask Him to grow us in our desire to obey Him as we seek only His favor with all that we are, always relying on His grace that He has purposed and will perform according to His Word.

The Lord is my portion;
I have promised to keep Your words.
58 I sought Your favor with all my heart;
Be gracious to me according to Your word,
(Psalm 119:57).

Today, let’s spend some time reminding ourselves deep within our souls that He is Our Portion, and that truly we need nothing else. Oh, let us live fixed in the hope we have in Him for every today and every tomorrow, no matter our circumstances, as we wait in faith, trusting that we will see His goodness as we seek Him, Our Portion.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him,
(Lamentations 3:24-25).

Let’s Grow Together!

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