An Evident Arrogance

How boastful you are about the valleys! Your valley is flowing away, O backsliding daughter who trusts in her treasures, saying, “Who will come against me?” – Jeremiah 49:4

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What is the meaning of “arrogance?” Is it simply the presence of pride or is it something more? I might suggest that one possible definition is self-love, revealed by the placement of trust in something other than God.

According to Jeremiah, the Babylonians trusted in their valleys (and bountiful harvests), their power, their false gods, and all their riches. They didn’t believe that anyone could ever defeat or even dare to attack them. The truth about arrogance, as revealed by the history of Babylon, is that it usually precedes a terrible fall! Of course, for the Christian, arrogance is idolatry, because when we put our “self” above God, we become our own object of worship.

The same is true of any nation, not just Babylon.

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance. – Samuel Butler

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