Jeremiah 47 Commentary

Jeremiah 47 Commentary

Remember Goliath, a Philistine during the times of King Saul and David? Even today Goliath is one term in common use, referring to huge problems that an individual can possibly face.

During the times of Samson, the Philistines ruled the land. King David would subdue them but only temporarily. But the LORD has His own hand against the Philistines. They are judged alongside everyone else. In the immediate context, it is the Egyptians that would be used to inflict defeat on the Philistines. There is no escape.

These judgments are serving a purpose by reminding us of the final judgment where the LORD calls everyone to account: both the powerful and the weak, invincible Gaza and the troubled Jerusalem; all are on the queue. The entire book of Jeremiah is about the LORD’s judgment on Jerusalem. The closing chapters zoom out and cover the rest. There is no escape.

The LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it. The wrath of the LORD can only be stopped by the throne of Grace. The LORD hasn’t said it here but we guess the message is the same as for Israel: repent.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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