Jeremiah predicted desolations as determined of God for the multiplicity of sins of Judah and Jerusalem. “For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord (v.11)”. God had decided that their chastening for now would come from north as the vision of the almond rod indicated. Firstly a geographical entity we have in the nation of Israel in relation to Babylon. Babylon is characterized as lion from thicket (‘The lion is come up from his thicket-4:7)’ The verse below v.6 indicates the Babylon Empire in its rise and decline similarly tagged by beasts, Lion out of his thicket is not what a lion out of the forest would suggest. Lions do not belong to forests but plains where their brawn and agility would be at an advantage. Their hearts are small for their body so they cannot run like animals that are fleet-footed. Nor can they sustain speed at a long stretch. So what the Spirit is suggesting is the fate of Babylon is already determined as far as any nation that has a meteoric rise and is broken up without remedy.
Secondly glory of nations,- nation of Israel or of the Gentiles for that matter is on a physical plane as against a kingdom which is ab Ovo in conception (and is being prepared and revealed in Time) and it is what we see in the Book of Daniel. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever (Dan.2:44)”.
Here we have two kingdoms to be discerned as contrary to one other, of the temporal and of eternal nature.
In short what is seen kingdoms or republics are temporal while Kingdom of God shall endure forever. Any child of God who abides in the risen Christ shall live,- and live abundantly as heirs of the many promises of God. God separated light from darkness even before the world was set in place. It separates children of promise and children of wrath. It is a separation as was in the mind of God and Jesus Christ in his glory shall separate as goats from sheep and also nations. New heaven is different from new earth. It is in this connection we need understand how we as individuals should really conduct ourselves. A child of God cannot run with hares as well as hunt with dogs. Weakness of any nation is that of an individual. Weakness of an individual when he is elected as a President is so glaring as we see at present. Private tragedy of one is the tragedy of the whole Republic. We have a fitting example in the moral question of slavery. The Founding Fathers of the new nation did not address it when the time called for it. They themselves had slaves. How can a New Canaan accommodate both moloch and God? Every prejudice and evil perpetrated over the years has run into each other and what we see are its consequences. Politicians without exception play politics and with half truth what you see is a perversion of Truth. God is not mocked.
In order to understand the moral fibre of a child of God we shall go back to the Book of Daniel and the story of the four Hebrew children. They were taken during the exile, which forms the subject matter of Prophet Jeremiah’s book. “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself (Dan.1:8)”. Suppose these Hebrew children had allowed themselves to be ‘patriotic’ and use free speech to rant and rave as we see about us they would have like dogs enjoyed the handout from the King’s Table. It is for such pittance televangelists today work their heart out. We are called to be priests and kings and not side-kicks. Shall God be pleased with those who hold the truth in unrighteousness? To them Jeremiah asks this question, “ Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? (v.8).” Activism of ministers of God is to protect the rabble from their self-destructive course and lead them to spiritual health and full recovery. For God nothing shall be impossible.
Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased. “
7 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.
8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife.
10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord‘s.