Avoid Arrogance      Jer. 50:11-13, 24-25, 29-32        May 22, 2005
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We have seen a good example of Babylonian arrogance in Saddam Hussein. He paraded so very pompously and arrogantly among the people of Iraq, and the people submissively clapped, and chanted his praise. We bombed Iraq and Saddam's palaces, and he fled. The people tore down his statues and monuments. Then we see him taken out of a small hole. In the system of describing the most wanted in Iraq they called him the ace of spades, but he became little more than an ace in a hole. Remember
". . .God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, . . ." Gal. 6:7 HCSB

1.    Avoid the Arrogance of . . Triumph. 50:11-13

A.    Arrogance of A . . Disrespectful Triumph. 50:11
    11 Because you rejoice, because you sing in triumph-- you who plundered My inheritance-- because you frolic like a young cow treading grain and neigh like stallions,

B.    Arrogance of A . . Disgraceful Triumph. 50:12
    12 your mother will be utterly humiliated; she who bore you will be put to shame. Look! She will lag behind all the nations-- a dry land, a wilderness, an Arabah.

C.    Arrogance of A . . Desolate Triumph. 50:13
    13 Because of the Lord's wrath, she will not be inhabited; she will become a desolation, every bit of her. Everyone who passes through Babylon will be horrified and scoff because of all her wounds.

    As prophesied; Babylon triumphed but they did it with an arrogance we may describe as disrespectful, disgraceful, and desolate. They believed they did it in their own power. (Do we ever act that way?) God's wrath flowed in the face of Babylon's disrespectful celebration. The disgrace affected the women, as mothers were ashamed of what their sons carried out. Babylon became a desolate place lagging behind all nations. God said people passing by would be appalled and mock Babylon. Today we may learn this lesson, and Avoid Arrogance.

2.    Avoid the Arrogance of . . Thoughtlessness. 50:24-25

A.    Arrogance of Thoughtless . . Conquest. 50:13
    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.

B.    Arrogance of Thoughtless . . Castigation. 50:13
    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.

    Babylon did not give any credit to God for their victory. Of course they defeated the people who were supposed to be God's people! This is a disgrace for Israel, and if it ever happened to us it would certainly be disgraceful for Christian people. Have you ever ministered in the Lord's name, but did it for yourself rather than God. If you do that; expect to fall flat on your face. Babylon acted thoughtlessly both in their conquest, and God's coming condemnation. God says he set a trap for them, and they were so ignorant of Him they did not even know of His action. An interesting phrase says "and brought out His weapons of wrath, ." Jer. 50:25 HCSB. Babylon did not know what hit them or why. They were unaware and even thoughtless about God.

3.    Avoid the Arrogance of . . Termination. 50:11-13

A.    Termination . . Deserved. 50:29
    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.

B.    Termination . . Declared. 50:30-31
    30 Therefore, her young men will fall in her public squares; all the warriors will be silenced in that day. [This is] the Lord's declaration. 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.

C.    Termination . . Decreed. 50:32
    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."

    God announces his plan to completely terminate Babylon. His action is deserved, declared, and directed. God declares the archers will be repaid for their past actions. They will reap just what they have sown. The Lord further declares the young men will fall in the public square, and all the warriors will be silenced. This is the Lord's repeated declaration. We must learn from these words that the Lord does not honor arrogance. Our life needs to be laced with acts of humility and dependence upon Him. The Lord's direction sends out fire to further consume everything, and no one will be there to pick up the arrogant. It is a sad picture of the consequences. Therefore, it behoves all who read these words to learn to Avoid Arrogance. Amen? Amen!