Wednesday, October 27, 2010


by Michael McDermott

Jeremiah 50:33,34Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘The children of Israel were oppressed, along with the children of Judah; all who took them captive have held them fast; they have refused to let them go. 34 Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is His name.  He will thoroughly plead their case, that He may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.’”

            The picture here is that of God’s people who are being held captive by oppressors that were stubborn against their release.  The Bible says that the captors “refused the let them go.”          
            There are people all round us today who are in a similar spiritual position.  An enemy that refuses to release them binds them.  They are struggling for freedom but cannot loose themselves of the chains that bind them.
            But verse 34 interjects another consideration.  There is a Redeemer, a “next of kin” to the captive, who is strong.  His name is the Lord of Hosts.  Now, the wording in this verse is important because it reveals a posture that our Redeemer takes against those who want to try to bind us.  The word “strong” that describes our Redeemer means, “to be hard, bold, and violent.”  The Redeemer does not take kindly to His family being picked on.  “He will thoroughly plead their case” means that He will toss, grapple, wrangle, and vigorously defend us.  To disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon means that they will quiver, be afraid, and stand in awe of our Redeemer.
            Friends, we may not be much, but our Redeemer is a Force to be reckoned with.  He is looking out for us.  We are His family and He takes care of business at home.  So yeah, get an attitude and let the enemy know, “Don’t mess with me!”

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