A senior pastor who told his handsome new assistant pastor to avoid the dangers of immorality in the ministry. The assistant pastor quite sure of himself said, “I’ll do much of my socializing in groups, there is safety in numbers.” The wise senior pastor however … More
The second section of this chapter is introduced the phrase “the days are coming” (v. 14). This refers to both the first and second comings of Christ. At his first coming He would set up His reign in the hearts of believers, at His second coming He would execute justice and righteousness throughout the whole earth. Christ is the branch of righteousness sprouting from David the man after God’s own heart (vv. 14-16). As Christ fulfils the role of king, He also fulfils the role of Priest, maintaining constant fellowship with God and mediating for the people (vv. 17-18). Now that Christ is our High Priest, all believers are priests of God, and we can come before Him personally.
God gave two assurances that He would keep His covenant promises. Each assurance began with the same introductory phrase, “The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah,” (vv. 19, 23); and each used God’s “covenant of day and night” to illustrate the permanence of these institutions. Only if man could break God’s covenant with the day and...the night (Gen. 1:14-19) could he break God’s covenant with David and His covenant with the Levites who are priests. That is, God’s covenants with these groups were as fixed as the natural order of the universe.
I am thankful that God cannot and will not break His promises. Because of that I am sure that God is preparing a home for me in heaven where I will spend all eternity with Him.
"Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: 'The LORD is our righteousness.' "For thus says the LORD: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever." The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: "Thus says the LORD: If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night will not come at their appointed time, then also my covenant with David my servant may be broken, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and my covenant with the Levitical priests my ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered and the sands of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the offspring of David my servant, and the Levitical priests who minister to me." The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: "Have you not observed that these people are saying, 'The LORD has rejected the two clans that he chose'? Thus they have despised my people so that they are no longer a nation in their sight. Thus says the LORD: If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth, then I will reject the offspring of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his offspring to rule over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them."
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Jeremiah 30:1-11God Will Restore His People
Jeremiah 30:12-24Judgment Must Come Before Blessing Can Come
Jeremiah 31:1-14He Promises to Restore Joy
Jeremiah 31:15-30Man is Responsible For His Own Sins
Jeremiah 31:31-40An Opportunity to Make a Fresh Start
Jeremiah 32:1-15Does Your Life Seem Like it is Sitting Still?
Jeremiah 32:16-27There is Nothing too Hard For God
Jeremiah 32:28-44The Practice of Child Sacrifice
Jeremiah 33:1-13What Can We do in Difficult Times?
Jeremiah 33:14-26God Never Breaks His Promises
Jeremiah 34:1-22Treacherous Treatment of Slaves
Jeremiah 35:1-11Worship or Tradition?
Jeremiah 35:12-19Loyalty to a Group or to God?
Jeremiah 36:1-32You Can Reject God’s Word But Not Destroy it