Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 51:54-52:34
One of the things that really frustrates so many people is the lack of justice in our world. When hardened criminals get off with what appears to be a slap on the wrist, many can’t help but get angry. They just can’t stand the lack of consequence for evil behaviour.
While injustice in our world abounds, we can be sure when we ponder the word of God that it clearly communicates that the wicked will not go unpunished. The Day of the Lord approaches when the Judge of all the earth will ensure that the wicked are done away with and justice is done.
Jeremiah 50-51 is about God’s justice. For the Jews Jeremiah 50-51 held forth 2 great comforts: 1. The Babylonians were not going to get away with their evil deeds 2. The Jewish nation was going to survive. God was going to redeem them from the land of captivity and return them to their homeland and be their God.
If justice is to mean anything, rebellion, lawbreaking, disobedience, arrogance and all evil acts necessitate punishment. God cannot and will not let the wicked go unpunished. As Nahum 1:3 says The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.”
Now, so that we don’t end up with a skewed view of God, we need to understand that the Bible balances the fury of God’s vengeance against the sinner with the greatness of his mercy on those who repent. 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
In Jesus and the cross justice and grace meet. It is the full expression of God’s mercy towards us—for at the cross Jesus shed his blood, as the perfect sacrifice for sin and took the judgement that we deserve.