"Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow. Encamp all around her; let no one escape. Repay her for her deeds; do to her as she has done. For she has defied the LORD, the Holy One of Israel." - Jeremiah 50:29
The entire section today is messages from God "about" countries. Remember, that means that God is just going to describe how he's going to murder everyone.
God's first message is to the Ammonites. He tells them to stop worshiping their false idols and that he is going to come down and bring terror to their cities. However, God says that at some point he will restore the Ammonites. Why? So they can go worship false idols again? God always seems to restore these civilizations just so he can destroy them again. Keep in mind that God should know that these civilizations are going to again turn away from him.
God goes on to say that he's going to destroy the Edomites, the people of Damascus, the people of Kedar, and the people of Hazor. All of these people he claims he is going to completely destroy and not allow to return. However, he seemingly arbitrarily decides that the Elamites should be restored after he ruthlessly destroys them.
The entirety of chapter 50 (a rather large chapter) is a message about the Babylonians. God tells everyone that lives around Babylon to go and shoot arrows at the country because they have sinned against God. How did they sin against God? I thought God was using them to destroy whoever he wanted to. If Babylon did anything wrong it was under the direction of God. Another piece of God's infinite justice.
Actually, God goes on to say that the Babylonians are being punished for destroying the Israelites. Really? I know God did that one. The rest of the chapter is just God repeating over and over again that the Babylonians have defiled him. That's not the way I remember the book of Jeremiah reading. If the Babylonians were doing any defiling, it was under God's direction.
*News*You get two stories today! Actually they're both pretty short, this is my finals week so I'm going to be pretty busy.
The first story comes from 4chan (so you know it's going to be quality):
While I don't condone vandalizing people's property, it would be rather amusing if people actually put those warning labels on the bible.
The second is a video of Richard Dawkins. I haven't heard much from Dawkins lately, but this is another classic: