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CHAPTER 49 — The destruction of the Ammonites. As I mentioned yesterday, the Ammonites were descendants of Ammon, one of the sons of Lot through incest with one of his daughters. Like the Moabites, the Ammonites never cared for the Israelites/Judeans and their evil actions progressed through the years. God brings judgement upon them.
Edom is also mentioned in this chapter. Do you recall Edom? I know it will come back to you. Isaac and Rebekah had two twin sons — Esau and Jacob. Esau was actually the oldest but for a bowl of lentil stew Esau (also known as Edom because he like to eat) gave away his birthright to Jacob. Later, Jacob with the encouragement of his mother pretended to be Esau so Jacob/Israel would give him the double blessing. For awhile Esau threatened to kill Jacob and although that phase passed the descendant of Esau/Edom never got along with the descendants of Jacob.
Also in Obadiah, the Scripture referred to Edom as an eagle”s next with the city built on the side of a red mountain. Esau/Edom was referred to as ruddy/reddish complexion!!
We also have a message concerning Damascus which was and still is in SYRIA!! In the time of Jeremiah Damascus was defeated by both Assyria and Babylon. Damascus has existed for hundreds of years and look at ALL that is happening there TODAY!!!!
This chapter ends with Elam. It was attacked by Nebuchadnezzar in 597 B.C. Later Elam became the center of the Persian empire (Daniel 8:2). God tells us that HE would set HIS throne in Elam and destroy her king and officials. THEN…. God give a word of HOPE for Elam….. “Yet I will RESTORE the fortunes of Elam in days to come.”
CHAPTER 50 — A message about Babylon — there is SOOOOO much in this chapter!!
Babylon will be captured!! Of course I am sure the people living in that time were wondering HOW and WHEN because they had become sooooo powerful. BUT we KNOW they were destroyed. Did you know that Babylon is being rebuilt TODAY??? Google it and see what you can find.
Bel was the chief god the Babylonians worshiped in the Tower of Babel.
Marduk was a chief deity of Babylonians in the time of Nebuchadnezzar. It was one of their idols and scholars felt this was probably the planet Mars which like Saturn was regarded by ancients as the author of blood shed and slaughter.
Verse 5 — Israel and Judah together would come to The Lord in tears seeking HIM. …They would come and bind themselves to The Lord “IN AN EVERLASTING COVENANT THAT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.” Ummmmmmm….JESUS!!!
Babylon would be punished and completely destroyed. Israel would be brought back to their land and become a nation again (which did happen officially for all the world to see in May, 1948 …HUGE prophecy fulfilled!!)
Other words which caught my attention were:
verse 34: “Yet their REDEEMER is strong!”
verse 36″ “A sword against her FALSE PROPHETS…”
verses 45-46 — The invader of Babylon would be Cyrus from Medo-Persia, who attacked them by surprise and overthrew the prideful, arrogant, idol worshiping nation. NO earthly power, no matter how great can last forever (to be honest that is a scary thought for me when I think of all that is going on today….but I have to keep my focus on our CREATOR and WHO REALLY is in CONTROL…AMEN!!)
As you read these two chapters today (actually the whole book) keep your focus on the REMNANT being spared!!!!
There is SOOOO much in these two chapters, I am sure many things stood out to you today. I’d love to hear what things stood out to you!!
Sharing HIS love,