“Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:2–3, ESV)

Jeremiah 33 is a chapter of promise, against all odds and contrary to all appearances.  Judah will shortly go into exile in Babylon and she will exist no more as a nation.  And yet words such as prosperity (shalom), restore the fortunes, security, I will fulfill the promise, etc.  are repeated again and again.

In vv. 2-3 we see the foundation of these promises.  The solid rock on which God promises to restore the fortunes of Judah–just as they are heading into exile and the land is destroyed–is God himself.  The Lord who made the earth, the Lord who fashioned and established it, the Lord in whose name all of his character and attributes come together, the Lord who because he is Lord and God and Creator can certainly reveal the “hidden things” that will come to pass in the future, this God is the foundation for all the promises made to Judah which indeed come to pass.

So prophesied.  So done.  Amazingly, and contrary to all experience, 70 years later the Jews return to Israel.

We cling to the promises of God now, not out of blind faith in hope, but based on what we know about God’s character and what we know and have seen about how he has worked in the past, in such places as Jeremiah 33.  The same God who indeed restored the fortunes of Israel and brought them back from exile, will bring all those who trust in him safely into his kingdom and there we will forever be with the Lord.

Paul puts it this way:

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9–10, ESV)

So promised.  So prophesied.  So done.

 

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