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FRAMEWORKS: Jeremiah 30: Hopeless in Judgment, Hope in Restoration


[Preliminary Comment : This chapter bursts forth with hope and yet it is hope that still has to face the fact of Judah's guilt [v.15] that will bring great disaster, God's judgment [v.7,14,23,24]. Yet when Judah are carried away, they WILL eventually be restored to their own land [v.3,10,17-22]. The guilt and judgment IS there, it will happen, but it will be the means of purifying Judah who will then be returned to their land. This coming destruction is NOT the end of Israel but simply God's means of purifying them and bringing them back to Himself. As you read, watch for both the punishment [disaster] and the hope [restoration] that are both coming.]



v.1 -3 Jeremiah instructed to write down his prophecies: Judah will be returned

v.1  This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:

v.2  ‘This is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says: “Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.

v.3  The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave to their ancestors to possess,” says the Lord.'


v.4-7 There were will great anguish on the day of disaster, but also salvation

v.4  These are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah:

v.5  ‘This is what the Lord says:

‘“Cries of fear are heard –
    terror, not peace.
v.6  Ask and see:
    can a man bear children?
Then why do I see every strong man
    with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labour,
    every face turned deathly pale?
v.7  How awful that day will be!
    No other will be like it.
It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,
     but he will be saved out of it.


v.8,9 The Lord will free His people to serve their Lord

v.8  ‘“In that day,” declares the Lord Almighty,
    “I will break the yoke off their necks
and will tear off their bonds;
    no longer will foreigners enslave them.
v.9  Instead, they will serve the Lord their God
    and David their king,
    whom I will raise up for them.


v.10,11 Although you will be disciplined, the Lord will restore you afterwards

v.10  ‘“So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant;
    do not be dismayed, Israel,”
declares the Lord.
I will surely save you out of a distant place,
    your descendants from the land of their exile.
Jacob will again have peace and security,
    and no one will make him afraid.
v.11  I am with you and will save you,”
    declares the Lord.
“Though I completely destroy all the nations
    among which I scatter you,
    I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you but only in due measure;
    I will not let you go entirely unpunished.”


v.12-14 Your situation is hopeless, incurable, a people forgotten and punished

v.12  ‘This is what the Lord says:

‘“Your wound is incurable,
    your injury beyond healing.
v.13  There is no one to plead your cause,
    no remedy for your sore,
    no healing for you.
v.14  All your allies have forgotten you;
    they care nothing for you.
I have struck you as an enemy would
    and punished you as would the cruel,
because your guilt is so great
    and your sins so many.

v.15-16 It's because of your guilt but those who punish you will be punished

v.15  Why do you cry out over your wound,
    your pain that has no cure?
Because of your great guilt and many sins
    I have done these things to you.

v.16  ‘“But all who devour you will be devoured;
    all your enemies will go into exile.
Those who plunder you will be plundered;
    all who make spoil of you I will despoil.

v.17,18 But I say again I will restore you and your city

v.17  But I will restore you to health
    and heal your wounds,”
declares the Lord,
“because you are called an outcast,
    Zion for whom no one cares.”

v.18  ‘This is what the Lord says:

‘“I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's tents
    and have compassion on his dwellings;
the city will be rebuilt on her ruins,
    and the palace will stand in its proper place.

v.19,20 There will be rejoicing in the restoration

v.19  From them will come songs of thanksgiving
    and the sound of rejoicing.
I will add to their numbers,
    and they will not be decreased;
I will bring them honour,
    and they will not be disdained.
v.20  Their children will be as in days of old,
    and their community will be established before me;
    I will punish all who oppress them.

v.21,22 They will have a new leader and they will be my people

v.21  Their leader will be one of their own;
    their ruler will arise from among them.
I will bring him near and he will come close to me –
    for who is he who will devote himself
    to be close to me?”
declares the Lord.
v.22  ‘“So you will be my people,
    and I will be your God.”'


v.23,24 But it will all come through the Lord's judgement that has to come first

v.23  See, the storm of the Lord
    will burst out in wrath,
a driving wind swirling down
    on the heads of the wicked.
v.24  The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back
    until he fully accomplishes
    the purposes of his heart.
In days to come
    you will understand this.



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