The Words of Jeremiah End Here

Today's devotion from Jeremiah 51."The words of Jeremiah end here." These words mark the conclusion of the prophecies given in Jeremiah. Consider how the many words recorded have changed throughout the work. On one hand, Babylon is the active agent of God's wrath. By the conclusion of the book, Babylon is the recipient of that very wrath by means of another agent from the north. There are other transitions as well. Initially, those exiled are told to build houses and live in the land of their captivity. Yet, in these final words we read that they are to, "Come out from among her, my people! Save your lives, each of you, from the LORD's burning anger." (Jeremiah 51:45, CSB)

What I suggest we see is that our God is not static. Instead, He has crafted and is executing a plan that causes us to move, transition, and obey. This plan doesn't end with the words of Jeremiah. True, His prophecies through the prophet revealed in this book are closed, but God's plan of redemption continues to flow throughout human history.

Even though Jeremiah never saw it, he prophesied a branch of David and a King reigning and executing justice. The prophet did not see it, but God did institute a new covenant...a covenant of blood.

Yes, Jeremiah's role in God's plan may have come to an end, but that does not mean that His plan is finished. The prophecies of the Messiah are fulfilled, but the plan continues. You and I find ourselves wrapped within the unfolding plan of God. He has decreed that our role should not be to foretell judgment upon Babylon, but to declare the gospel to the nations.

Yes, the words of Jeremiah end here, but not the plan of God.