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Wednesday AM Bible Study
June 15, 2005
Proverbs 6:12-14 says, "A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a
perverse mouth; he winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, he points with
his fingers; perversity is in his heart, he devises evil continually, he
sows discord." That is an apt description of the relationship ancient
Philistia had with Israel. But then, verse 15 warns, "Therefore his
calamity shall come suddenly; suddenly he shall be broken without remedy." That is an apt description of the judgment of God on Philistia, as presented
to us in Jeremiah 47.
I. THE SETTING OF THE PROPHECY (v. 1).
A. This is part of the description of judgments that will be administered
on all the surrounding nations through Babylon (chps. 46-51).
B. It is given at a time before Pharaoh Necho attacked Gaza.
C. It concerns Philistia; a nation that occupied the south-western area
from Judea - who were long-standing troublers of Israel.
II. THE DESCRIPTION OF THE JUDGMENT (vv. 2-5).
A. It describes the rise of Babylon against them - overwhelming them like a
B. It describes battle so fierce that fathers will even abandon their
children in fear.
C. It describes the cutting off of even the most prosperous and proud of
cities in the region; and the failure of all those who they may look to for
D. It describes such despair that the Philistines cut themselves and shave
their heads in anguish.
III. THE FULFILLMENT OF THE APPOINTMENT (vv. 6-7).
A. The prophet rhetorically asks how long the sword will devour.
B. He answers his own question by showing that it was given a charge by the
Lord; and that it must not cease until its appointment is completed.