Babylon – called tender and delicate, the mistress of kingdoms, lovers of pleasures. Proud of their wisdom, knowledge and charm, relying on enchantment, sorcery and astrology. Seems harmless enough – especially in this generation. But God pronounced judgement against them? Why is that?
To be fair, Israel has had – in their history – times when they were described in similar terms. What’s the difference? The difference is Humility, Confession, Repentance. 4000 years later, Babylon is no more, but Israel – represented by the people of God – remains.
You felt secure in your wickedness, you said, “No one sees me”; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me.” (Isaiah 47:10 ESV)
People who – in their wisdom and knowledge – deny God’s very existence have been around for 4000 years. In their hearts they believe they are right. Time will tell, when troubles come – and they come to everyone – what people believe will be put to test. For the repentant we should respond with abounding grace. For the stubborn..