In his spiritual autobiography, William Barclay, the venerable Scottish scholar, tells the tragedy of losing his 21-year-
old daughter and her fiance who were drowned in a boating accident. He writes, “God did not stop that accident at
sea, but he did still the s … More
Israel’s condition was critical (vv. 12-15). Her wound appeared incurable, and no one was available to provide a remedy for her sore (v. 12). The allies in whom the nation had placed such great hope had forgotten her (vv. 13-14). Even God had struck her as an enemy and punished her because of her guilt (v. 15). Israel’s condition appeared hopeless, but God promised to reverse her misfortunes (vv. 16-17). Those who were devouring the nation would themselves be devoured by God. He would send her enemies into exile and plunder those who sought to make spoil of her. I believe this passage refers to the restoration after the Babylonian captivity, as well as under Christ.
God’s restoration will involve a physical rebuilding (vv. 18-22). The city of Jerusalem will be rebuilt on her ruins, including the king’s palace (v. 18). This prophesy that Jerusalem would be rebuilt was not completely fulfilled by the work of Ezra, Nehemiah and Zerubbabel. The festive sound of rejoicing that had been silenced by Babylon will once again be heard in the city v. 19), and God will increase Judah numerically (Deut. 30:5). The nation will be secured and established before God, and He will punish anyone who tries to oppress her (vv. 20-22)
The final restoration will occur when all believer are gathered in Christ’s kingdom. It will include building (v. 18), people (v. 19) and rulers (v. 21). I look forward to being there.
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Jeremiah 27:1-22God is in Control
Jeremiah 28:1-17Speak The Truth Even When It is Unpopular
Jeremiah 29:1-14God Never Forgets His People
Jeremiah 29:15-32It is Dangerous to Take Sides Against God’s Man
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