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November 3

Jeremiah 25; Hebrews 3

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years [Jer. 25:11].

When God is dealing with the nation of Israel, He deals with the calendar. He spells out time in relation to their history.…

The seventy-year period of time is very significant. When the people of Israel were about to enter the land, the Lord told them that every seventh year was to be a Sabbath in which the ground was to lie fallow (see Lev. 25). Not only did God promise blessing if His Word was obeyed, but He warned of judgment if it was not. If they walked contrary to Him, He would walk contrary to them. Notice that God foresaw their disobedience: "Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths. As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it" (Lev. 26:34-35). For approximately 490 years the sabbatic year was not kept—seventy Sabbaths had been neglected. God says through Jeremiah that for seventy years they will live in a strange country while their land has its rest. Then after the lost sabbatic years have been made up, Israel will be permitted to return to the land. Listen to Jeremiah: "And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations" [Jer. 25:12].

At the time of Jeremiah this was a prophecy. It is now history. God has done that. There is no argument here.

J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, ©1981 by J. Vernon McGee.

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