August 20, 2007
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The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that
I have spoken unto thee in a book.
lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the
captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will
cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they
shall possess it.
these are the words that the LORD spake concerning
Israel and concerning Judah.
thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and
not of peace.
ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I
see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and
all faces are turned into paleness?
for that day is great, so that none is
like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble;
but he shall be saved out of it.
it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that
I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and
strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will
raise up unto them.
fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be
dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed
from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be
in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him
- For I
am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I
make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will
I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and
will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and
thy wound is grievous.
is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be
bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.
thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded
thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one,
for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy
sins were increased.
criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is
incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because
thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.
all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine
adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that
spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give
for a prey.
- For I
will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds,
saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying,
This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's
tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be
builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner
out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make
merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also
glorify them, and they shall not be small.
children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be
established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.
their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed
from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall
approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his
heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.
ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing
whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it,
and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter
days ye shall consider it.
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At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all
the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.
saith the LORD, The people which were left of the
sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel,
when I went to cause him to rest.
LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I
have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness
have I drawn thee.
I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou
shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the
dances of them that make merry.
shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall
plant, and shall eat them as common things.
there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the
mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the
LORD our God.
thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the
chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy
people, the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from
the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind
and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child
together: a great company shall return thither.
shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I
will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way,
wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and
Ephraim is my firstborn.
the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it
in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather
him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him
that was stronger than he.
they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall
flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and
for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul
shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at
shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together:
for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and
make them rejoice from their sorrow.
- And I
will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall
be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.
saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and
bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted
for her children, because they were not.
saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from
tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall
come again from the land of the enemy.
there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall
come again to their own border.
have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus;
Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to
the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art
the LORD my God.
after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was
instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed,
yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for
since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore
my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him,
saith the LORD.
thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the
highway, even the way which
thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy
long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath
created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.
saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they shall use this
speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I shall
bring again their captivity; The LORD bless thee, O habitation of
justice, and mountain of holiness.
there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities thereof
together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with
- For I
have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful
this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me.
the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of
Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed
it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched
over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to
destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to
plant, saith the LORD.
those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape,
and the children's teeth are set on edge.
every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the
sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.
the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that
I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which
my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the
this shall be the covenant that I will make with
the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my
law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be
their God, and they shall be my people.
they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his
brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the
least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will
forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and
the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which
divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is
those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then
the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for
saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of
the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of
Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.
the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to
the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner.
the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill
Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.
the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the
fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate
toward the east, shall be holy unto the LORD; it
shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.
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Several prophecies are given in this passage of Scripture that relate to events far in advance of Jeremiah's writings. One that was fulfilled near the beginning of the earthly life of Jesus Christ is found in Jeremiah 31:15, which states,
"Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not."
The fulfillment of this is found in Matthew 2:16-18, which speaks of the aftermath of King Herod's execution of all the children under the age of two in his quest to kill the infant Messiah. Lest there be any question, Matthew specifically writes,
"Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy (Jeremiah) the prophet..."
This somewhat obscure verse, which stands virtually by itself in Jeremiah 31, finds its fulfillment 500-600 years later. Rachel is mentioned because she was buried near the road to Bethlehem, and it was the descendents of her offspring that settled in that area. Thus, those most greatly affected by the murder of these children would have been those who came from the lineage of Rachel. Once again the Bible proves itself to be accurate in prophetic areas.
A second prophecy, which has not yet been fulfilled, is found in Jeremiah 30:7. There the prophet writes,
"Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it."
While this statement could have reference to Judah's impending judgment because of her sin, the facts that the context mentions both Israel and Judah, and the statement,
"Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it:"
is coupled with the promise that
"he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him" (7-8),
indicates that another period of judgment is in view. This time period is the coming seven year Tribulation. Those seven years will be a time of judgment upon the earth as a whole, but also upon Israel in particular. The Tribulation will culminate with a purging of Israel (Mal. 3:3; Zech. 13:8), and then Messiah will return to earth and establish His kingdom. Verse 9 adds,
"But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them."
During the Millennial Kingdom the Gentiles will no longer have dominion over the Jews, but the Jews will have dominion over the Gentiles. All Israel will be saved, and the Son of David, Jesus Christ will rule over them.
The final prophecy also deals with the Millennial Kingdom. In Jeremiah 31:31-34 the prophet says,
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
God's relationship to Israel has been based upon covenants. The Abrahamic Covenant promised them a nation (Gen. 12:2-3). The Davidic Covenant promised them a kingly line (II Sam 7:10-13). The covenant at Mt. Sinai promised that if they would obey, God would bless them, and if they would rebel, God would curse them (Ex. 19:4-5). Here we have the promise of the New Covenant. This will establish that God is the God of Israel, and all the Jews will believe it. He will place it in their hearts, so that they all will know it and have no need of instruction. Israel's sins will be completely forgiven and forgotten. What a blessed time this will be, when God's chosen people finally have the relationship with their Lord that He has desired.
All the prophecies of the Scriptures that have already been fulfilled have been accomplished with absolute accuracy. There is no reason to doubt that God will continue to fulfill the rest of His prophecies completely in the years to come.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery