Meanwhile, 500 miles away from Babylon (if you marched in a straight and direct line) back in Jerusalem, as the city was about to be totally devastated by the Babylonians, Jeremiah was still faithfully proclaiming the Word of the Lord. God’s people needed encouragement but they would face the ramifications of their sin before they would experience the rescue from God. This is what the LORD says: “Those who survive the coming destruction will find blessings even in the barren land, for I will give rest to the people of Israel.” …This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity, the people of Judah and its towns will again say, ‘The LORD bless you, O righteous home, O holy mountain!’
This promise became reality, but first the people experienced sin’s consequence: seventy years of captivity. Make no mistake, sin is a trap, a deadly snare and only God can save us from it. And oh, how we rejoice when the Lord of Heaven’s Armies comes in to rescue us. Are we calling out for Him to hear us? Be wise to know that we cannot handle sin’s net on our own.