-There is a distinct turn in the tone of Jeremiah’s Words from the LORD as we get to chapter 30. Restoration, while it had been hinted at in previous prophecies, is now the central theme of God’s message to His people for hope and redemption. God promises to bring the fortunes of His people back and to replant them in the land that He gave to their forefathers for a possession (Jeremiah 30:3). Although there will be the time of Jacob’s distress with nothing to compare to it, Israel and Judah will be saved from it. It will come about on that day that the LORD will break off the yoke from their neck and tear off their bonds, and strangers will no longer make them their slaves (Jeremiah 30:7-8). At that time they will serve the LORD God and David their king (probably a Messianic reference), whom the LORD will raise up for them (Jeremiah 30:9). God promises to save them from afar from the land of their captivity so that they can return and be quiet at ease once again with no one to make them afraid any longer. God assures that He is with them to save them and that He will completely destroy all the nations where He scattered them (Jeremiah 30:10). Even though His punishment has been severe and just, He will not completely destroy them. He is merciful in wrath. Their incurable wound and serious injury, which no one would help in their lack of care because of their great iniquity as a people, will be restored to health by declaration of the Almighty. The outcasts will have a Helper (Jeremiah 30:11-17).
-Restoration is reiterated with compassion in the remaining verses of the chapter (Jeremiah 30:18-24). The city will be rebuilt on its ruin, and the palace will stand on its rightful place. The people will come back to Jerusalem with thanksgiving, celebration, multiplication, honor, and significance with an established congregation before the LORD. They will again have leadership that can approach the King of kings. They will remain His people and He will remain their God. His tempest and wrath will burst on the head of the wicked, and His fierce anger will not be turned back until He has performed and accomplished the intent of His heart. “In the latter days you will understand this (Jeremiah 30:24).” This prophecy had partial fulfillment with the rebuilding work of men like Ezra, Nehemiah, and Zerubbabel, but the final restoration will occur when all believers are gathered in Christ’s coming Kingdom. *Application* While God’s corrective discipline can be severe and daunting in our lives, we must remember His mercy and deliverance is assured and promised when we have taken Him as our Savior. He will take you through refining and conforming as a part of the sanctification process. You can count on that. You, like Israel, will experience times of chastisement, rejection from people, and hardships, but remember His restoration is always before you, and He does care when no else will. Remain devoted to God and stay steadfast in His grace. In the later days, you too will understand this. LORD, let us bow to Your will and every intention of Your heart in subjection to Your authority over our lives. You are good and will deliver in the end!
Verses to Memorize: Jeremiah 30:7, 9, 22, 24