This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchiah and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, saying, “Inquire of the LORD for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all his wonderful deeds and will make him withdraw from us.”
Then Jeremiah said to them: “Thus you shall say to Zedekiah, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands and with which you are fighting against the king of Babylon and against the Chaldeans who are besieging you outside the walls. And I will bring them together into the midst of this city. I myself will fight against you with outstretched hand and strong arm, in anger and in fury and in great wrath. And I will strike down the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast. They shall die of a great pestilence. Afterward, declares the LORD, I will give Zedekiah king of Judah and his servants and the people in this city who survive the pestilence, sword, and famine into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of their enemies, into the hand of those who seek their lives. He shall strike them down with the edge of the sword. He shall not pity them or spare them or have compassion.’
by: Gem Barton.
Again, we read of God’s anger against Israel because of their idolatry. God was allowing Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, to take them captive. God said He would fight against them with great anger (v.5). God is merciful but He is also a God of justice. He will not—cannot—allow His children to live in sin. Jesus has paid the great price for our sin! We often say salvation is free; it may be free to us but it cost our Lord dearly and painfully. Shall we continue to abuse the grace that bought our liberty? No, we must be grateful for it and live in it with thanksgiving and praise (Romans 6:1-6).