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A Message About the Philistines August 2, 2017

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Jeremiah 47.

Summary: In this passage, God proclaims His comprehensive judgment on the Philistines. Indeed, He will command Pharaoh and the Egyptian army to act as His sword in laying waste to their land. Moreover, He will pay no heed to them as they cry out and cut themselves.

Thoughts: Here, we see that God condemns the Philistines. Calvin offers some thoughts on this point in his commentary on verse 1:

Jeremiah prophesies here against the Philistines, who were the Israelites’ enemies and were very cruel to them. It is clear that God wanted to show through this prophecy his love for the Israelites, for he supported their cause and avenged the wrongs done to them. God predicted the ruin of the Philistines so the Israelites would know God’s fatherly love for them as he set himself against their enemies.

My understanding is that the Philistines were essentially subjugated by the Israelites during the reign of King David. If so, why did God decide to judge them at this time? Did they aid the Babylonians in their invasion of Judah? Did they furnish the Babylonian troops with supplies? Did they capture any of the Jews who fled Judah and deliver them to the Babylonians? Did they attempt to plunder Judah after the Babylonians had sacked Jerusalem? Did they rejoice over the downfall of Judah and give credit to their gods for the demise of their ancient enemy?

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