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Jeremiah 31 [Read]
Jeremiah 32 [Read]
Titus 2 [Read]
The weeping prophet now comes to the climax of his prophecy. After many rounds of judgments and warnings, Jeremiah is now painting a glorious future for the people of Judah. Three things I observe in these chapters.
After scattering his people all the way to the distant coastlands, God will eventually gather them and bring them back to their home and watch over them like a shepherd (Jer 31:10). The rebellious people must endure their due punishments, for they provoked God through idol worshipping and social injustice. But God will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever (Ps 103:9). Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning (Ps 30:5). The people may suffer during the time of scattering, but they can be sure that there will be a time of gathering (Ecc 3:5).
God will gather his people by restoring them (Jer 31:18), and such restoration will be followed by a sincere repentance of the remnant (31:19). They will be given a new heart, and God will write his law on their heart (31:33). They will all know God by their heart, and all their sins will be remembered no more (31:34). As a result, the weary shall be refreshed and the faint shall be satisfied (31:25).
Finally, God puts all his promises into a covenant, a new covenant that will never vanished from his sight (31:31, 36). This everlasting covenant will inspire the people of God to fear him, so that they will never turn away from God again (32:40). God promises through this covenant that “they will be my people and I will be their God” (31:1, 33, 32:38). A covenant is a binding agreement. It not only binds the people of God through a renewed heart, but more importantly, it binds the LORD to his own word of being always gracious and merciful towards his people.
Whether people admit it or not, human beings are always looking for something everlasting. Some people resort to fill that hole in their heart with achievements, and some resort to temporary happiness. But none of those can fill that emptiness, because that nagging feeling has been put there by God (Ecc 3:11). May the word and promises of the LORD spoken through Jeremiah enlighten you today, so you may be assured about the precious salvation you have received. Take heart! It is based on an everlasting covenant.
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