God Will Restore His People

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Restoration

God told Jeremiah to write His promises of comfort in a book so they would be available to the exiles after Jerusalem fell (vv. 1-3). This book would declare a note of hope that the days are coming when God will restore His people. Jeremiah pointed to a day of restoration when God will bring the nations of Judah and Israel into a new relationship with Him and when He will set straight His accounts with the Gentile nations. The return of Israel and Judah to the land will be preceded by a time of national distress (vv.4-7). Cries of fear and terror will be heard among these captives instead of cries of peace (v. 5). Jeremiah compared the anguish of men clutching themselves in fear to a woman in labor (v. 6). The coming calamity will be so awful that none will be like it in comparison. Jeremiah characterized it as a time of trouble (v. 7).

The period will end when Christ appears to rescue His elect and establish His kingdom (v. 8-11). When God comes to rescue the nation, He will break the yoke of bondage He had placed on her neck (v. 8). This deliverance did not come when the false prophets predicted it would, but God said it will come eventually. Instead of serving foreign powers the nation will once again serve the Lord. The people will also submit to the authority of David their king whom God will raise up for them (v. 9). God’s promise of restoration was designed to give Israel hope (v. 10). God will completely destroy the nations where Israel and Judah had been scattered (v. 11).

Application

Jeremiah presents near and distant events as if they will happen soon. He sees the exile, but he sees also the future day when Christ will reign forever. I am ready for that day.

Jeremiah 30:1-11 (English Standard Version)

The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the LORD, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it." These are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah: "Thus says the LORD: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace. Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor? Why has every face turned pale? Alas! That day is so great there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it. "And it shall come to pass in that day, declares the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off your neck, and I will burst your bonds, and foreigners shall no more make a servant of him. But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. "Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the LORD, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with you to save you, declares the LORD; I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished."

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