Scripture Text – Jeremiah 30-33
These chapters describe the glory of the dawning of a new day for the people of Israel, not only for the exiles in Babylon but also for the Jewish people in the latter days before the Lord returns. Jeremiah’s prophecy comprises both the near and far future.
Restoration: A New Land and Kingdom – Continued
Please read Jeremiah 32:1-33:23 for the background to this section.
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An “illogical thing” (Jeremiah 32:1-44) – continued.
The Confirmation (verses 26-44). God met the needs of His servant and confirmed that his decisions were right. The basic theme of Jeremiah’s prayer was “Nothing is too hard for You,” and God reaffirmed that very truth to His servant. Good theology always leads to a confident heart if we put our trust in the Word, for “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.
The Lord’s reply to Jeremiah affirmed what He had told him in the past: The city was heading for certain destruction because of the repeated sins of the people. Their sin of idolatry had provoked the Lord, and the only solution was to put them in the land of Babylon and give them their fill of idols. Because the people had resisted the prophets and refused to obey the Law, they would have to take the consequences.
The Lord then affirmed to Jeremiah that the situation wasn’t lost, for He would gather His people and bring them back to their land. This promise seems to apply to the end times when Israel will be gathered “out of all countries” and the New Covenant will be in force, for the people will have a changed heart toward the Lord. Next, Jeremiah heard the word that gave him joy: “And fields will be bought in this land.” The day would come when Jeremiah’s purchase would be validated and his “action sermon” vindicated!
The application of this Scripture for today’s believer is obvious: The world laughs at us for our faith and our investments in the future, but one day God will keep His promises and vindicate us before people and angels. Instead of living for the sinful pleasures of this present world, we seek the joys of the world to come. We refuse to sacrifice the eternal for the temporal. The unbelieving world may ridicule us, but ultimately God will vindicate His people.
“Unsearchable things” (Jeremiah 33:1-26). “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” – verse 3 (NIV). The word translated “unsearchable” pictures an impregnable city protected by high walls, “mighty things,” an apt image during the siege of Jerusalem. The idea is that God’s people don’t learn the hidden things of the Lord by “storming the gates” through their own strength but by seeking Him through believing prayer. Because Jeremiah asked the Lord to teach him, God showed him “hidden things” that related to the future of his people. The prophet knew that the city was destined for judgment, but the Lord gave him further words of assurance and encouragement, promises that relate to the end times.
The defiled nation would be healed and cleansed, and the disgraceful city would bring joy and renown to the Lord and be a testimony to all the nations of the world of the marvelous goodness and grace of God. The deserted city would one day be filled with people praising the Lord and expressing their joy to one another. The pasture lands, ruined by devastating judgment, would one day be full of flocks and herds, and the little towns would once more enjoy happiness. Since these blessings didn’t come after the period of exile, we have to believe they’ll be realized when the Lord returns and restores His people and their land.
The greatest blessing of all will be their promised King reigning in righteousness! Jeremiah already told us that His name is “The Lord our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:5-6), but now God revealed that Jerusalem will bear the same name! That certainly didn’t happen when the exiles returned to rebuild their temple and their city. Therefore, this promise is for the latter days. Then when people call Jerusalem “the holy city,” the name will be appropriate.
Once again, the Lord used the faithfulness of His “creation covenant” (Genesis 8:22) to undergird the dependability of His promises and the perpetuity of His people. But He adds something else: He will multiply the people as the stars of the heaven, which was one of the promises He had made to Abraham (Genesis 15:1–5).
“For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.” – Jeremiah 33:26 (NIV). The nation of Israel has a bright and blessed future, and Jeremiah invested in that future.
As God’s people, are we putting our money where our mouth is? Are we investing in an eternal future?