Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 26, 2017

“For it is a work of the Lord God of hosts”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 50:21-32.

21 “Against the land of Merathaim, go up against it,
And against the inhabitants of Pekod.
Slay and utterly destroy them,” declares the Lord,
“And do according to all that I have commanded you.
22 “The noise of battle is in the land,
And great destruction.
23 “How the hammer of the whole earth
Has been cut off and broken!
How Babylon has become
An object of horror among the nations!
24 “I set a snare for you and you were also caught, O Babylon,
While you yourself were not aware;
You have been found and also seized
Because you have engaged in conflict with the Lord.”
25 The Lord has opened His armory
And has brought forth the weapons of His indignation,
For it is a work of the Lord God of hosts
In the land of the Chaldeans.
26 Come to her from the farthest border;
Open up her barns,
Pile her up like heaps
And utterly destroy her,
Let nothing be left to her.
27 Put all her young bulls to the sword;
Let them go down to the slaughter!
Woe be upon them, for their day has come,
The time of their punishment.

28 There is a sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon,
To declare in Zion the vengeance of the Lord our God,
Vengeance for His temple.

29 “Summon many against Babylon,
All those who bend the bow:
Encamp against her on every side,
Let there be no escape.
Repay her according to her work;
According to all that she has done, so do to her;
For she has become arrogant against the Lord,
Against the Holy One of Israel.
30 “Therefore her young men will fall in her streets,
And all her men of war will be silenced in that day,” declares the Lord.
31 “Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one,”
Declares the Lord God of hosts,
“For your day has come,
The time when I will punish you.
32 “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.”  Jeremiah 50:21-32.

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“… For it is a work of the Lord God of hosts …”.  Verse 25.

Other doctrine is more interested in the work of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine is more interested in the work of the LORD.

Sometimes, we notice the work of the LORD without such a declaration.

But, when we see such a declaration, it certainly causes us to meditate upon it. 

For those works of the LORD that other doctrine cannot ignore, other doctrine prefers those works of the LORD that fit their idol of a god based upon their desires, namely works of pleasing man that fits its idol of some type of Santa Clause god that does not punish but only is at the “beck and call” of man to please man.

But, Reformed Doctrine shuns its own preconceived desires and studies what Scripture reveals are the works of the LORD and meditates upon what those works reveal about the nature of the LORD.

In today’s Scripture, we see the work of the LORD to be punishment and utter destruction of Babylon.  We notice that this mission is personal to the LORD;  there is a lot of “I will”s in today Scripture.

31 “Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one,”
Declares the Lord God of hosts,
“For your day has come,
The time when I will punish you.
32 “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.”  Verses 31-32.

This work reveals that the LORD does not tolerate opposition nor rebellion.  The LORD alone is sovereign and rules over everything.

We notice that the LORD punished Babylon, “… Because you have engaged in conflict with the Lord.”  Verse 24.

And, the LORD punished Babylon, because of its arrogance.  Verses 29 and 31-32.

Other doctrine clings to man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine clings to the sovereign LORD and His will.

“Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”  Psalm chapter 2.


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