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Monday of Holy Week, March 25, 2012
Babylon takes its place along with Sodom, Gomorrah, and Nineveh as wicked cities in the ancient world. With the exception of the conclusion of chapter 51 from verse 59, almost every verse details the destruction of this ancient city.
Yet there are exceptions; today’s verse is one of them. Not only is human vengeance at work, but rather divine interventions against Babylon. Yet there is still hope that the city will repent and be saved.
What other verses do you find that rise up as respite from the poetic waves of God’s justice? These verses are themselves as a siege against the city. They pound at your own soul, lest there be anything as Babylon in you that needs to be destroyed. As the refiner’s fire, may the pure gold of who you are in Christ shine forth.
The exalted are humbled 51:1ff
You, O Lord, are a just God. 51:1ff
You made the earth by Your pow’r. 51:15
Mourning for those in exile 52:1ff
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