This chapter has one big terrifying idea. Babylon is the sword of God drawn and unleashed against Israel. The thing most terrible, seemingly most unlike God, is part of his plan.
The doctrine of original sin makes god’s accommodation of evil and chaos inevitable.
Humanity has this spiritual and emotional overlay on top of natural functions.
Animals and plants reproduce. Humans fall in love, have lust and desire. We build a million things of beauty and ugliness on top of mere reproduction.
Likewise, nature replenishes. Things die, things are born. Things eat and get eaten.
With eternity in our hearts, we imagine our ancestors and our future generations. Our imagination fuels empires, noble and cruel. More than simply surviving, we have lives of generosity and greed driving us though our life span.
Made in god’s image, we think individuals matter. But we rise up and are cut down like grass.
Jesus lived in our perpetually unresolved state, eternal and mortal. God knows all about it.
Yet still it shocks. I recoil from god’s sword of judgement. It’s supposed to terrify me, and it does.