*FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER, 2020*
_It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_
*GOD'S COMFORTING WORDS*
*TEXT:* JEREMIAH 30:1-14.
_*ðKEY VERSE* "For, 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 give to their fathers, and they shall possess it" (JEREMIAH 30:3)._
The grand plan of God for Israel as His people was to give them peace, rest and quietness throughout their habitations and at all times. But such plan was often truncated each time as the nation of Israel dabbled into sin and rebellion against Him. Divine reaction to such actions was to reject Israel and their ever-waiting enemies would attack and pummel them until they realised and repented of their sins.
Our text today captures one of such occasions wherein God through His prophet, Jeremiah, resolved to bring back again to Israel her captives and reestablish them a happy, healthy and progressive people.
The Lord instructed the prophet to write down in a book all the words He had commanded him concerning Israel (Jeremiah 30:2). This showed that nothing would ever change of all that He has promised and indeed resolved to do for His people. This fact is comforting. It assures all believers in Christ of God's unchanging promises. Specifically, He assured Israel of return, rest and freedom from fear of their enemies and divine presence in the Promised Land (Jeremiah 30:10,11).
The salvation and deliverance the Israelites enjoyed in part are today available to us in full through the redemptive work of Christ. Therefore, faithful pilgrims should soar on like the eagles and savour life and peace in Christ Jesus who alone is the captain of our band.
*âTHOUGHT FOR THE DAY* GOD ALONE GIVES US PEACE LIKE A RIVER.
*BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* PROVERBS 26-29.
*MEDITATION* THE ROUGH ROAD TO THE FULFILMENT OF GOD'S PURPOSE
1. The promise of national restoration of Israel to the land was borne out of God's purpose for Israel even though it was unmerited, vv1-3.
2. However, this promise will be fulfilled on their descendants and not in their lifetime and hence the need for Jeremiah to write it in a book, vv1-3,10.
3. Unfortunately, after restoration, Israel will yet sin again and will again be chastised for rejecting and crucifying their Saviour and Messiah. This happened in AD 70 when the Roman general Titus came and scattered them again in deadly fury, another chastisement from God, Matthew 23:37,38.
4. Miraculously and against all expectations, they were restored again to their land in AD 1948 by a decree of the newly established UN (then UNO). Many Jews have returned and many are still scattered all over the world as Russian Jews, American Jesus, Ethiopian Jews etc.
5. Has their miraculous restoration to the land in 1948 changed them and make them to believe in the Messiah. NO. But it took idol worship, their main besetting sin, from them permanently.
6. Another chastisement is awaiting them in the name of Great Tribulation which will be the greatest of all chastisements they ever received from God, vv4-7.
8. Then the Antichrist will come with Satanic unprecedented fury asking them to worship him as god by fire, by force. Because they have learnt their lesson never to worship idol, all of them will flee Jerusalem and be scattered all over the world for safety again, Matthew 24:19-22, Zechariah 15:5-9.
9. They will cry to the Messiah whom they have rejected and that will prompt the coming of the Messiah, Zechariah 13:9,Matthew 23:39.
10. In response to their cry for deliverance, the Lord Himself will descend with the raptured saints and gather together the scattered hiding repentant Jews through the ministry of the angels, Matthew 24:30,31, Jude 14.
*Note* In love, God will continue to use all kinds of chastisements until His people "come to their senses" so that the good, great, gracious and eternal purpose of God might be fulfilled in their lives.
*Lord,* let your word and Spirit drive away all foolishness and stubbornness that may delay or make my journey rough and bitter ð
*Lord,* I ask for grace that will never be tired of responding positively to your chastisementsð
*Be gracious* to me and let me not miss your purpose for my lifeð
*Pray* for grace to endure and triumph for all that are under the load of divine chastisement in the Churchð
*HYMN* GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN
1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt,
Yonder on Calvary mount outpoured
There where the blood of the Lamb was split.
Grace, grace, God's grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God's grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin
2. Sin and despair like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Point to the Refuge, the Mighty Cross.
3. Dark is the stain that we cannot hide,
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! there is flowing a crimson tide;
Whiter than snow you may be today.
4. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe;
You who are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?