The reading of the prophecy of Jeremiah can be a difficult read; and even difficult to write about; especially if you focus on the judgment part of the prophecy. Jeremiah lived through much of the fall and destruction of Jerusalem, Judah and Israel. He also wrote many promises of God.
My reading today was Jeremiah 38 – 52 finishing up this portion of the prophecy of Jeremiah. I say this portion, because we have Lamentations to read yet, which is part of his prophecy.
“As I live,’ saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts, ‘Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.'” Jeremiah 46:18 (KJV)
One of the things I learn as I read the Bible, and that I am reminded of everyday is that God is the Supreme Ruler over the earth. The phrase in the verse above, “…the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts” is used in two other verses in today’s reading – 48:15 and 51:57.
The LORD of hosts is King of every nation, tribe and tongue, and His will will be done. His name will be glorified. Egypt of the above verse was prideful. The remnant of Judah who had been left behind by Nebuchadnezzar, had asked Jeremiah to seek the LORD and they would follow His guidance about what they were to do. They were to stay in the land of promise; yet they disobeyed the LORD, and chose to go into Egypt seeking security from Babylon. They would, instead of finding security, find themselves a part of another captivity, because Babylon was going to come to Egypt conquering them. He is the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
In the second verse the word is against Moab,
“Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities, and his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.” 48:15
Moab, thinking themselves strong, mighty, and secure would fall by the “King, whose name is the LORD of hosts”. Egypt, Moab, Ammon, Bozrah, Edom, and even Babylon would fall by the decree of the King; “the King whose name is the LORD of hosts”
No king or president or senator or congressman or any leader can stand long against the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts. He is the King of kings, and the LORD of lords. One day every tribe, tongue and nation will bow before Him. The One whose name is above every name. The One to which every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).
-Tim A. Blankenship