Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 73 Thursday

Jeremiah chapter 30

Does God issue any commands?

  • God told Jeremiah to write the things spoken to him by God in a book. 

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised to bring His people back from captivity.
  • God promised that the yoke would be removed from Jacob's neck and all would serve David their King.
  • God promised rest for Israel and destruction for her enemies.
  • God promised that they would be His people and He would be their God.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • At the end of Jacob's trouble Jesus will rule on the throne of David. (30:9)

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • God references the pain of the men of Judah as "the time of Jacob's trouble" and stated that he would be saved out of it. Jacob had trouble various times in his life, including the time when he was on the eve of meeting his brother Esau and then when he feared the inhabitants of Canaan because of the Shechem debacle, or even in the time when his family was on the verge of starvation but they were saved by the grain stored in Egypt at the provision of Joseph. Each time Jacob was saved by God. The Jews were often called "Jacob" or Israelites and they often experienced a time of trouble. This included the time of Babylonian captivity. Daniel's end time vision was given to him while he was studying this passage of Jeremiah concerning the time of Jacob's trouble so this seems to point to dismaying times for God's people at the end of this age as well. The good news is the phrase, "but he shall be saved out of it." Each time there is trouble for Jacob God delivers! 
  • God stated that all these things will be considered in the latter days.

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