Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 28, 2017

“The LORD has brought about our vindication; Come and let us recount in Zion The work of the LORD our God!”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 51:1-10.

“Thus says the LORD:

“Behold, I am going to arouse against Babylon
And against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai
The spirit of a destroyer.
“I will dispatch foreigners to Babylon that they may winnow her
And may devastate her land;
For on every side they will be opposed to her
In the day of her calamity.
“Let not him who bends his bow bend it,
Nor let him rise up in his scale-armor;
So do not spare her young men;
Devote all her army to destruction.
“They will fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans,
And pierced through in their streets.”

For neither Israel nor Judah has been forsaken
By his God, the LORD of hosts,
Although their land is full of guilt
Before the Holy One of Israel.
Flee from the midst of Babylon,
And each of you save his life!
Do not be destroyed in her punishment,
For this is the Lord’s time of vengeance;
He is going to render recompense to her.
Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the LORD,
Intoxicating all the earth.
The nations have drunk of her wine;
Therefore the nations are going mad.
Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken;
Wail over her!
Bring balm for her pain;
Perhaps she may be healed.
We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed;
Forsake her and let us each go to his own country,
For her judgment has reached to heaven
And towers up to the very skies.
10 The LORD has brought about our vindication;
Come and let us recount in Zion
The work of the LORD our God!”  Jeremiah 51:1-10.

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Other doctrine likes to recounts the works of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine likes to recount the work of the LORD our God.

“The LORD has brought about our vindication;
Come and let us recount in Zion
The work of the LORD our God!”  Verse 10.

Man was dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.  This is “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Figuratively speaking, there would be more hope for a dead man at the bottom of the ocean whose body was decomposing and eaten by fish, than there would be for man to supply anything needed for his salvation.  At least such a dead man at the bottom of the ocean is “only” dead;  the man who needed to supply something for his salvation is not only dead, he is hostile to God and enslaved to sin and Satan.   

But, there is hope for such utterly hopeless man!

For neither Israel nor Judah has been forsaken
By his God, the LORD of hosts,
Although their land is full of guilt
Before the Holy One of Israel.”  Verse 5.

The LORD our God has performed such an amazing and awesome work that He has supplied all that is needed for salvation from beginning to the end:  from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation. 

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:4-9. 

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