Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 74 Monday

Jeremiah chapter 33

God's Word came to Jeremiah a second time while in the prison.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God told Jeremiah to call unto Him.
  • God told Jeremiah not to listen when people said that God had broken His covenant to Abraham and to David by sending the people into captivity. God said His covenant with Israel and Judah could only be broken if the appointed orbits of heaven and earth could be broken.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised that if Jeremiah would call unto Him, He would answer him and show Jeremiah great and mighty things that Jeremiah could not even imagine! (The same is true for all of His people, including us, too.)
  • God promised again that Judah would go into captivity but that their captivity would not be forever. A remnant would return to rebuild because God would cleanse them from their sin and would rebuild the promised land through these redeemed.
  • God promised that Jerusalem would once again be a place of joy. There would be weddings and celebrations there once more!
  • God promised that in His time He would send the Branch of Righteousness of David as promised to Israel and Judah and He will execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
  • God promised that David would never want for a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel. He said that this promise can only be broken if a man can stop day and night from happening.
  • The Levites and priests will never lack for men to minister before the LORD. (See also Rev. 1:6)

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • God promised joy, peace, and a name of honor before all nations. All blessings that are received at the hand of God come through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the One that stood over Jerusalem and wept over her because He loves her. It is this city that He will claim as His capital. He will reign there in the promised joy, peace, and honor before all nations.
  • God promised there would be the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride in Jerusalem once more. Revelation 21 signifies that Jerusalem itself is adorned as a bride as it comes out of Heaven. The Bridegroom, Jesus, will be there and the redeemed will say, "Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth forever." (As is mentioned here in verse 11)
  • Jesus is the Branch of Righteousness of verse 15.
  • Jesus is the Man who will sit eternally on the throne of David.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The promised rebuilding of Judah by the redeemed remnant is a figure of the rebuilding of the earth by the redeemed remnant of mankind.
  • Jesus, the Branch of Righteousness of David will execute judgment and righteousness in the land!
  • Just as a wife might be known by her husband's name, Jerusalem will be called "The LORD our righteousness. (see verse 16)
  • Levites and priests will minister before the LORD forever. (Believers are ministers and priests. See also Rev. 1:6)

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