Contending with Babylon


Psalm 137
By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down and wept,
When we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it
We hung our harps.
For there our captors demanded of us songs,
And our tormentors, jubilation, saying,
“Sing for us one of the songs of Zion!”
How can we sing the Lord’s song
In a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
May my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
If I do not remember you,
If I do not exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.
Remember, Lord, against the sons of Edom
The day of Jerusalem,
Those who said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare
To its foundation!”
Daughter of Babylon, you devastated one,
Blessed will be one who repays you
With the retribution with which you have repaid us.
Blessed will be one who seizes and dashes your children
Against the rock.

The Saddest of All Psalms!

Written by the prophet Jeremiah, this Psalm is said to be the saddest of all Psalms! It is a lamentation that was brought forth after the prophet gave repeated warnings to Israel of the coming of Babylonian invaders, only to find himself among the captives, weeping.

This week, we are going to go through this psalm, verse by verse and talk about how our current “invasion” impacts the church, your family, and your life.

  1. Does Babylon exist today? If so, who/what is it? 
  2. What are the similarities between Babylon, and the secular humanist and progressive movements of our day?
  3. Who are the major players?
  4. Why doesn’t the church seem very concerned about it, today?
  5. Finally, how do we resist, going forward? 

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