Jeremiah 49 Commentary

Jeremiah 49 Commentary

Verse 1 says it all. Where are the men of Israel? Is there no one to defend their land? Why have they let the people who worship Molech take their land? Sad, indeed. But look at it again and see the details.

The LORD isn’t calling for war against the aggressors. Of course, the verse has provoked anger within the heart but don’t be mistaken about the nature of the battle. Probably at the point of writing this volume, nearly the entire nation of Israel was scattered and their cities decimated. Israel is here and at the point because of idolatry. Disobedience. Israel has forsaken the worship of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The battle, therefore, is against idolatry; nothing to do with physical military artillery.

The loss of land by Israel to Molech represents the loss of the blessing of the LORD. Remember the winner. Molech.

However, Molech’s days are numbered. Ammon’s god, Molech will be taken into exile. “But later on I will make Ammon prosperous again.” Verse 6. Compassion is always the last word!

Edom’s lack of judgment is highlighted. It is a sinner’s huge problem. Who hasn’t looked back at their own sin and blamed it on poor judgment – own poor judgment. There are consequences for poor judgment. Edom will be punished.

Damascus is up next. The city that used to be happy is completely deserted – trouble times for Syria.

People who feel safe and secure, the people of the city of Hazor, have been conquered. Often trouble doesn’t have an advance party. It strikes when men and women feel safe and secure. The coming of the Son of Man has this thing about it. Stealth.

Elam is also on the list but later on, the LORD will make Elam prosperous again. The LORD’s judgment on the nation isn’t the last word. Eventually, Elam will be prosperous. Is the prophet pointing to the days of the Prince of Peace, one with the government on His shoulders? To Immanuel whose rule of righteousness spans global boundaries and has brought peace to His children?

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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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