“For because of the anger of the LORD things came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence” (52:3). Jeremiah’s prophecies centered on the Babylonian invasion of Judah, but his message had larger implications. Neither Israel nor their neighbors could escape God’s wrath due to sin, and Babylon especially (ch 50-51) angered God by its arrogance and treatment of others. However, Jeremiah saw a hopeful future where God’s mercy was poured out.
“They shall ask the way to Zion …saying, 'Come, let us join ourselves to the LORD” (50:5). No matter how many wrong turns we have taken, like Israel and others, we can find “the way to Zion” through the Messiah.