Great and unsearchable things!

Scripture reading for August 10th: Jeremiah 30-33

“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3

“While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the Word of the Lord came to him a second time:  “This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it–The Lord is His name:  ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ “ Jeremiah 33:2-3

God loved His people!   He drew His people to Him with cords of loving-kindness  from the enticements of the world.    God’s love ransomed them from the hand of the enemy. (Jeremiah 31:11)  His Love would cause them to take up the tambourine and dance with the joyful!  (Jeremiah 31:4, 13)

God spoke to Jeremiah of a time when He would make a new covenant with Israel.  This covenant would be different than the old one made with those who came out of Egypt.  This covenant would include God writing His law on the human heart and mind.  God would personally be their God and each person would personally know God.  He  would forgive their sin and  remember it no more!  (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

The visions of restoration came to Jeremiah at a most unlikely time in Israel’s history.  The nation was surrounded by the  Babylonians and Jeremiah was confined to the courtyard of the guard under house arrest.  But in the midst of the troubling time, God’s word brought hope and encouragement to Jeremiah and His people.  God would allow the destruction of the Temple and city and send the people into captivity but He promised restoration and the New Covenant!

The amazing promises given to Jeremiah included the promise of the righteous “Branch” that would sprout from David’s line.  (Jeremiah 33:14-16)  This “Branch” would bring salvation to Judah and peace and safety to Jerusalem.  His name would be “The Lord our Righteousness”.  This “Branch” was none other than Jesus Christ!   He brought the “New Covenant” in His own blood that would enable eternal forgiveness of sins and the law written on hearts.  He was the embodiment of the everlasting love of God in human flesh!  These are great and unsearchable things revealed to all who call on Him!  Call out in faith today!

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