The Strong Redeemer
Loving Lord, draw me to You as I read Your Word. May I be drawn closer toward You today.
Read Jeremiah 50:29-46
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Don’t expect the worst–expect God” (Lloyd John Ogilvie).
Jeremiah warned his hearers that Jerusalem would be destroyed by the Babylonians. However, in due time the Babylonians themselves would experience the same anguish that they had inflicted on others (29). Jeremiah also knew that the outlook for Israel’s immediate future was dismal and bleak with many of its citizens held captive by foreign powers (33). It was difficult to see any reason for comfort or hope in this situation.
Jeremiah pointed out that, although the nation had no earthly ally to help in this desperate situation, Israel had a strong Redeemer (34). In ancient times, people who were facing the loss of family and possessions could survive if they had a close relative with the resources to help them. This person was the kinsman redeemer who could pay the price to ransom the family and their possessions. The Lord was Israel’s Redeemer and he was vigorously defending their cause. Israel looked weak and defeated but her future depended not on her own resources but on her mighty Redeemer, “the Lord Almighty.” This title, which may also be translated “Lord of Hosts” or “Lord of Armies,” occurs three times in this passage (31,33,34) and highlights the truth that although the nation of Israel had no army at that time and few resources, their God had unlimited resources and offered complete protection to those who trusted him.
Jeremiah encouraged Israel to focus not on their problems but on the strong Redeemer who was actively supporting them. In a world suffering from economic recession, natural disasters and political unrest, we should take heart from the knowledge that our Redeemer is strong and active and is working out his purposes amidst the uncertainties of our world.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7). Bring any worries or fears to the Lord now and trust your mighty Redeemer.
Lord, so often I am amazed at what You do for me. I thank You that I always have a majority because You are on my side.
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