Recognizing The Lord’s Authority Jer. 50:2-3a, 24-25, 29-32, 44b Aug. 21, 2011
It interests me to hear people boast against the Lord in word or their projected abilities. I wonder how any one can be so ignorant. I do not recall a time when I did not believe in God as all powerful and have a belief that I should submit to His authority. I do not remember a time when I did not at least try to be Recognizing The Lord’s Authority. Thanks Mom!
1. Recognizing The Lord’s Authority; . . Ruin for all is Proclaimed. Jer. 50:2-3a
A. Ruin Is . . Declared. v 2
2 Announce to the nations; proclaim and raise up a signal flag; proclaim, and hide nothing. Say: Babylon is
captured; Bel is put to shame; Marduk is devastated; her idols are put to shame; her false gods, devastated.
B. Ruin Is . . Described in the Destruction. v 3
3 For a nation from the north will come against her; it will make her land desolate. . . .”
The Lord asked His prophet to declare and describe the ruin He planned. Disobedience produces a ruin for the guilty individuals or nations. In the text the Lord describes this destruction as the disobedient and rebelling nation is receiving judgment. All humans need to learn God is not mocked. He is very patient and gives time for repentance but His patience must never be seen as weakness or lack of concern. Perhaps all of us have some authority and in some cases it is superior authority. We do not like to be crossed and in some cases punishment is in the future for those disobedient to our authority. God is not slack concerning His promises. He declares a punishment for those who are disobedient.
2. Recognizing The Lord’s Authority; . . Resistance Is Futile. Jer. 50:24-25, 44b
A. Futile because the Lord’s Authority Is . . Powerful. v 24-25
24 Babylon, I laid a trap for you, and you were caught, but you did not even know it. You were found and captured because you fought against the LORD. 25 The LORD opened His armory and brought out His weapons of wrath, because it is a task of the Lord GOD of Hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.
B. Futile because the Lord’s Authority Is . . Positively Described. v 44b
444b Indeed, I will chase Babylon away from her land in a flash. I will appoint whoever is chosen for her. For who is like Me? Who will summon Me? Who is the shepherd who can stand against Me?”
The Lord’s authority is powerful and positively described. God sets a trap for the disobedient people and they don’t even recognize it. Do you note the scripture reports these weapons as God’s weapons?
I remember hearing or reading of a president being asked if he thought God was on our side or the enemies side; and he replied my concern is that we are on His side. That certainly should be our concern. The power of the Lord is so superior to all other power many times I am amazed to see how He works. Many men who have been in great battles can tell of unusual ways God has worked to make sure His men succeeded. The destruction is positively described and the Lord declares none can stand against Him.
3. Recognizing The Lord’s Authority . . Resistance Is Fatal. Jer. 50:29-32
A. Fatal because the Lord’s Authority Is . . Declared. v 29-30
29 Summon the archers to Babylon, all who string the bow; camp all around her; let none escape. Repay her
according to her deeds; just as she has done, do the same to her, for she has acted arrogantly against the
LORD, against the Holy One of Israel. 30 Therefore, her young men will fall in her public squares; all the
warriors will perish in that day. This is the LORD’s declaration.
B. Fatal because the Lord’s Authority Is . . Delineated. v 31-32
31 Look, I am against you, you arrogant one— this is the declaration of the Lord GOD of Hosts— because your day has come, the time when I will punish you. 32 The arrogant will stumble and fall with no one to pick him up. I will set fire to his cities, and it will consume everything around him.”
It is fatal for the disobedient to try and resist the Lord. The Lord declares His authority and then delineates how He will carry out this destruction against the arrogant. The Lord tells the people His destruction will be dished out just like the arrogant dish out their punishment on others. In a sense it is sad to note that when they fall there is no one to pick them up or care for them. The text declares their day has come. Many Bible students will say today that the Lord’s judgement is at hand. It will be wise for us to be Recognizing The Lord’s Authority determines the day of judgement. Amen? Amen!