One must remember why Babylon came against Judah. It was chastisement from God. After all the warnings, the Children of Israel continued in their disobedience, 2 Chronicles 36:11-17.
11Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 12And he did that which was evil in the sight of Yehovah his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of Yehovah. 13And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto Yehovah God of Israel. 14Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of Yehovah which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. 15And Yehovah God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 16But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of Yehovah arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 17Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.
Babylon was sent as a result of Israel’s continued disobedience and rebellion. God allowed Babylon to chastise the Children of Israel. Edom joined in the chastisement; however, it was not theirs to participate, Proverbs 24:17.
17Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
I do no look forward to the time when all the Palestinians are destroyed. I pray for their repentance and redemption. I look forward to the time when we can all dwell as brethren in peace. A time when we can all know the one true God. We ought to carefully observe Proverbs 25:21-22.
21If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and Yehovah shall reward thee.
And Matthew 5:43-44.
43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
This may come as a shock to many of us, but God loves our enemies too. Even if, we do not, Ezekiel 33:11.
11Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord Yehovah, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Edom participated in the chastisement. Believers should never do that, nor should we desire evil on any individual.
Chastisement should never be interpreted that the promises are lost. God’s promises are eternal, 2 Corinthians 1:20.
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
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