The LORD will restore them to their land. He will restore them spiritually. He will materially bless them. They will devote themselves to be close to the LORD.
VERSE 1. The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
VERSE 2. “The LORD, the God of Israel, says, ‘Write all the words that I have spoken to you in a book.
Write all the words I have spoken to you. The LORD God tells Jeremiah to write down his promises of comfort in a book. It declare a note of hope that the days are coming when God will restore his people.
In our day, many people find it helpful to do a similar thing. They keep a journal.
VERSE 3. For, behold, the days come,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will reverse the captivity of my people Israel and Judah,’ says the LORD. ‘I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they will possess it.’ ”
I will reverse the captivity. Jeremiah is writing about a day that is to come. On this day, the LORD God will free his people from their captivity in Babylon and restore them to their rightful home.
In essence, the LORD God will restore them. This echoes the promise of restoration we see in other passages:
Jeremiah 30:3. For, behold, the days come,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will reverse the captivity of my people Israel and Judah,’ says the LORD. ‘I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they will possess it.’ ”
Jeremiah 31:4. Again I will restore you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin Israel; carrying your festive tambourines, you shall go forth dancing with the merrymakers. (NAB translation)
1 Peter 5:10. The Supreme God of all graciousness, who called you to his perpetual glorification through Christ, will himself restore you, confirm you, strengthen your spiritual knowledge and power, and settle you: all this after you have experienced the Paschal Mystery for a little while. (our paraphrase)
I will cause them to return to the land. This can be considered from two different perspectives:
1. From Jeremiah’s perspective, these prophecies looked like one continuous series of events.
2. From an historical perspective, they were fulfilled over a long period of time. And there were intervening gaps.
Scholars have a word for the difference between those two. They call it the principle of “foreshortening.” It applies to most prophecies in the Bible.
VERSE 4. These are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah.
VERSE 5. For the LORD says: “We have heard a voice of trembling; a voice of fear, and not of peace.
VERSE 6. Ask now, and see whether a man travails with child. Why do I see every man with his hands on his waist, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned pale?
a woman in travail. What does the Book of Jeremiah say about women? Here are all the verses we found that mention a woman. Read more »
VERSE 7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it. It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he will be saved out of it.
VERSE 8. It will come to pass in that day, says the LORD of Hosts, that I will break his yoke from off your neck, and will burst your bonds. Strangers will no more make them their bondservants;
I will break his yoke from off your neck. The LORD God guarantees that his people will be saved out of their troubles.
VERSE 9. but they will serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up to them.
VERSE 10. Therefore don’t be afraid, O Jacob my servant, says the LORD. Don’t be dismayed, Israel. For, behold, I will save you from afar, and save your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob will return, and will be quiet and at ease. No one will make him afraid.
VERSE 11. For I am with you, says the LORD, to save you; for I will make a full end of all the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not make a full end of you; but I will correct you in measure, and will in no way leave you unpunished.”
Your wound is grievous. They had wounded themselves by their own sins.
VERSE 13. There is no one to plead your cause, that you may be bound up. You have no healing medicines.
VERSE 14. All your lovers have forgotten you. They don’t seek you. For I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the greatness of your iniquity, because your sins were increased.
VERSE 15. Why do you cry over your injury? Your pain is incurable. For the greatness of your iniquity, because your sins have increased, I have done these things to you.
VERSE 16. Therefore all those who devour you will be devoured. All your adversaries, everyone of them, will go into captivity. Those who plunder you will be plunder. I will make all who prey on you become prey.
all those who devour you will be devoured. The LORD God will reverse the situation for them.
VERSE 17. For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds,” says the LORD; “because they have called you an outcast, saying, ‘It is Zion, whom no man seeks after.’ ”
I will restore health to you. Many people suffer from illness. They see in this verse a hope that the LORD God might heal them!
VERSE 18. The LORD says: “Behold, I will reverse the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have compassion on his dwelling places. The city will be built on its own hill, and the palace will be inhabited in its own place.
VERSE 19. Thanksgiving will proceed out of them with the voice of those who make merry. I will multiply them, and they will not be few; I will also glorify them, and they will not be small.
I will multiply them. This is a promise of multiplication. They will grow in number. They will not be diminished. In our day, we Christians can pray that we can multiply by sharing our faith.
they will not be few. This is a promise of influence. They will not be insignificant. In our day, we Christians can pray that our efforts in the Ministry of Evangelism and in the Ministry of Discipleship will be effective.
VERSE 20. Their children also will be as before, and their congregation will be established before me. I will punish all who oppress them.
VERSE 21. Their prince will be one of them, and their ruler will proceed from among them. I will cause him to draw near, and he will approach me; for who is he who has had boldness to approach me?” says the LORD.
NIV translation. Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them. I will bring him near and he will come close to me– for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’ declares the LORD.
who is he who will devote himself to be close to me? Will you devote yourself to be close to the LORD God?
That is awesome!
VERSE 23. Behold, the LORD’s storm, his wrath, has gone out, a sweeping storm: it will burst on the head of the wicked.
VERSE 24. The fierce anger of the LORD will not return until he has accomplished, and until he has performed the intentions of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it.”
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