Jeremiah 47:The Judgment of the Philistines

(7 verses, 1:20 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • The Lord proclaims to Jeremiah that He will most certainly bring judgment down upon the Philistines.


  • vv. 1-7:  A recounting of the destruction that will befall the Philistines.


  • In chapter 46 we heard that the Lord’s judgment upon Egypt.  The Egyptians would be punished but not destroyed.
  • In chapter 47 we hear the reason why God admonishes the Egyptians but does not fully destroy them:  because He is going to use Egypt to destroy the Philistines.
    • God is most certainly active in the events of human history.  And we have the promise that He will indeed use one nation to chastise and punish another.  This is the way of the Kingdom of the Left, the Kingdom of the world:  our Lord uses it to judge and punish itself.
      • This is seen first hand as we hear of the unrest of the sword of the Lord in verse 6.
        • This is indeed Egypt and her army.  And she will not rest until the Lord is finished accomplishing what He has set out to do with her.
  • In time and space we see the Lord at work avenging His people, protecting them from evil, and punishing the wicked with other earthly authorities.  And yet the true and lasting comfort is not in this temporal realm.  It is the promise of the Lord that He has and will rescue us from our enemies of sin, death, and the devil.
    • His death on the cross paid the price for it all.  “It is finished!”  it is all accomplished.  And now he gives that promise, that victory, to us in time and space.  The victory of the cross spoken, splashed, broken, and poured out for you.  Hear, be washed, eat and drink; for the salvation of Your God is given to you!


  • Prayer: O Almighty and everlasting God, You defeated the enemies of Your people through the left-hand sword of the Egyptians; as well as defeated the enemies of Your people through the out-stretched arms of Your beloved Son.  Give the forgiveness once won for us on the cross to us as you have promised.  May we eat and be satisfied.  May we hear the Word of salvation.  May we be washed clean forever!  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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–Rev. Eli Lietzau
Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, ABQ, NM

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