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Jer. 30:1–33:26 Jer. 31:27-34                        July 31 2011

 

The people of God shall become numerous and prosperous. In Hebrews 8:8 , 9 , this place is quoted as the sum of the covenant of grace made with believers in Jesus Christ. Not, I will give them a new law; for Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it; but the law shall be written in their hearts by the finger of the Spirit, as formerly written in the tables of stone. The Lord will, by his grace, make his people willing people in the day of his power. All shall know the Lord; all shall be welcome to the knowledge of God, and shall have the means of that knowledge. There shall be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, at the time the gospel is published. No man shall finally perish, but for his own sins; none, who is willing to accept of Christ’s salvation.

 

God’s care over the church. (Jer.31:27-34) 

     

Jer.31:27  Lo, days are coming, an affirmation of Jehovah, And I have sown the house of Israel, And the house of Judah, With seed of man, and seed of beast. 28 And it hath been, as I watched over them to pluck up, And to break down, and to throw

down, And to destroy, and to afflict; So do I watch over them to build, and to plant,

An affirmation of Jehovah. 29 In those days they do not say any more: Fathers have

eaten unripe fruit, And the sons’ teeth are blunted. 30 But—each for his own iniquity

doth die,  Every man who is eating the unripe fruit, Blunted are his teeth. 31 Lo, days are

coming, an affirmation of Jehovah, And I have made with the house of Israel And with the

house of Judah a new covenant, 32 Not like the covenant that I made with their fathers,

 In the day of My laying hold on their hand, To bring them out of the land of Egypt, In

that they made void My covenant, And I ruled over them—an affirmation of Jehovah.

33 For this is the covenant that I make, With the house of Israel, after those days, An

affirmation of Jehovah,  I have given My law in their inward part, And on their heart I do

write it, And I have been to them for God, And they are to me for a people. 34 And they

 do not teach any more Each his neighbour, and each his brother, Saying, Know you

 Jehovah, For they all   know Me, from their least unto their greatest, An affirmation of

Jehovah; For I pardon their iniquity,  And of their sin I make mention no more.

 

The people of God shall become numerous and prosperous. In Hebrews 8:8 , 9 , this place is quoted as the sum of the covenant of grace made with believers in Jesus Christ. Not, I will give them a new law; for Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it; but the law shall be written in their hearts by the finger of the Spirit, as formerly written in the tables of stone. The Lord will, by his grace, make his people willing people in the day of his power. All shall know the Lord; all shall be welcome to the knowledge of God, and shall have the means of that knowledge. There shall be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, at the time the gospel is published. No man shall finally perish, but for his own sins; none, who is willing to accept of Christ’s salvation.

 

 Summary

 

Chapters 31 constitute one of the most critical prophetic sections in the entire Old Testament. This cluster of prophecies was given during the last 18 months of the siege of Jerusalem . In it Jeremiah reveals a stunning vision of God’s plans for His people’s future. First, God will bring “Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land” . After a time of terrible trouble , God’s people will be freed from every oppressor and ruled by the Messiah . Israel’s spiritual wounds will be healed , and Jerusalem will be rebuilt .In keeping with other Old Testament portraits of history’s end, fierce judgment will give way to blessing . Familiar themes are repeated: God will restore Israel’s joy , so despite present sufferings God’s people are to look forward expectantly . The future is bright with hope , and under the Messiah the nation will be exalted higher than ever . And now Jeremiah leaves the familiar themes, to introduce a stunning new revelation: God intends to make a New Covenant with Israel that stands in contrast with the Law Covenant. That New Covenant will work the inner transformation that will make Israel’s ultimate blessing possible at last .