Day 228: Jeremiah 30-31; Promised Restoration

There is a lot of interesting juxtaposition that is going on in today’s reading.  Thus far, with a couple exceptions, Jeremiah‘s prophesies have been primarily negative and judgmental in nature.  While tends to be what Jeremiah is often remembered for, he also interweaves the message of hope and the promised restoration that is to come.  Like Isaiah and many of the other prophets, Jeremiah is relating events that are near at hand with events that are yet far off.  There is the promise that the nation of Israel would be restored.  This is fulfilled somewhat with the return of the exiles from Babylon, but the full restoration of Judah still has yet to take place, referring to the coming Kingdom of God.

Jeremiah also speaks of several things that will be changed about the earth “in that day.”  He points out that there will be unity among the people, righteousness and peace will reign in their hearts.  At one point Jeremiah says “The Lord will create a new thing on earth – a woman encircles (seeks out, protects) a man.”  This is a direct reference to the weak protecting the strong, or rather the last of need for physical protection because of the peace that will surround all things.

Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,  not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord.  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

This too is an interesting juxtaposition, relating Jeremiah’s reference to the sin that was engraved on the heart of the people of Israel like the engraving of Iron (Jeremiah 17) with what is going to happen in the days that are coming.  Rather than sin being the primary thing that is on people’s hearts, it will be the Law of God, His very Word that will be written/engraved on their hearts, not just stone tablets.  Ultimately Jeremiah’s vision and message here is referencing the coming of Jesus Christ and the ushering in of the Kingdom of God, something which God must do on His own initiative because we are incapable of doing it on our own.  Notice that Jeremiah points to the truth of the matter in that He says that God will be the one doing the writing and the transforming of the lives of His people.  This is the experience we too have when we experience new birth in Christ Jesus, a decision that we make, but a process that is started and continued by God Himself through the power of the Holy Spirit.

3 Responses to “Day 228: Jeremiah 30-31; Promised Restoration”

  1. myrnafolkert says:

    I was very excited to see another reference today, of the word of God being written/engraved on people’s hearts, not just on tablets of stone! ….

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