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“May you and I always realize God’s love is forever.” <>< Dona (10/28/20)

Please read Jeremiah 31 through 33.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Jeremiah 31 Theme

A promise (v. 1-2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You promised to rebuild Israel (v. 3-4).

Something to think about

The Lord spoke of the Israelites being saved and being brought back together (v. 7-8).  The Lord would redeem the Israelites from those who were stronger than them (v. 11).  The Israelites would be like a well-watered garden and their would be no more sorrow (v. 12). The Israelites were told not to weep for their work would be rewarded (v. 16).  The Lord said there would be hope for the Israelites’ future and their children would return (v. 17). No matter how the Israelites behaved, the Lord said His heart yearned for them (v. 20). The Lord was ready to refresh the weary and satisfy the faint once He brought them (the Israelites) back from captivity (v. 23-25). The Lord said the time would come when He would make a new covenant with the Israelites (v. 31-33).  And the Lord would forgive them and remember their sins no more (v. 34).  The Lord said He would never do away with the nation of Israel (v. 37).  

Something to experience

The Lord will restore all people who trust in Him.  He loves us with an everlasting love too (v. 3). When we turn our lives over to the Lord, He will build into our life a desire to obey Him too (v. 33).   God’s covenant is still with us and for us.  We can establish a permanent and personal relationship with the Lord too.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 31:1-21 “At that time,” says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be My people.”  The Lord says, “The people who survive the sword found favor in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.” 

Jeremiah 31:3-4 The Lord appeared of old to me, saying, “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore, I have drawn you with loving kindness.  I will build you again, and you will be built, O virgin of Israel.  You will again be adorned with your tambourines, and will go out in the dances of those who make merry.”

Jeremiah 31:7-8 For the Lord says, “Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout for the chief of the nations.  Publish, praise, and say, ‘O Lord, save Your people, the remnant of Israel!’  Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the uttermost parts of the earth, along with the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her who travails with child together.  They will return as a great company.”

Jeremiah 31:11 For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.

Jeremiah 31:12 They will come and sing in the height of Zion, and will flow to the goodness of the Lord, to the grain, to the new wine, to the oil, and to the young of the flock and of the herd.  Their soul will be as a watered garden.  They will not sorrow any more at all.

Jeremiah 31:16 The Lord says: “Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work will be rewarded,” says the Lord.  “They will come again from the land of the enemy.”

Jeremiah 31:17 There is hope for your latter end,” says the Lord.  “Your children will come again to their own territory.”

Jeremiah 31:20 Is “Ephraim My dear son?  Is he a darling child?  For as often as I speak against him, I still earnestly remember him.  Therefore, My heart yearns for him.  I will surely have mercy on him,” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 31:23-25 23 The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Yet again they will use this speech in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I reverse their captivity: ‘The Lord bless you, habitation of righteousness, mountain of holiness.’ 24 Judah and all its cities will dwell therein together, the farmers, and those who go about with flocks. 25 For I have refreshed the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”

Jeremiah 31:31-33 31 “Behold, the days come,” says the Lord, “that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:  32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which covenant of Mine they broke, although I was a husband to them,” says the Lord.  33 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says the Lord: “I will put My law in their inward parts, and I will write it in their heart.  I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Jeremiah 31:34 “They will no longer each teach his neighbor, and every man teach his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord;’ for they will all know Me, from their least to their greatest,” says the Lord: “for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Jeremiah 31:37 The Lord says: “If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done,” says the Lord.

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Jeremiah 32 Theme

Jeremiah buys property (v. 8-9).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You instructed Jeremiah to buy property even as he was being confined in the royal palace courtyard (v. 2).

Something to think about

God told Jeremiah to purchase property outside of Jerusalem (v. 6-7).  After Jeremiah bought the property, he prayed (v. 25).  The Lord answered Jeremiah with a clear statement of who He was (v. 26). Through His people, God was accomplishing His purposes (v. 36-42).

Something to experience

Sometimes it isn’t easy to trust God to do something that seems impossible.  But we need to stop and remember all the “impossible” things He’s done in the past. What God gives us is meant to be used to accomplish God’s plan. Just as God gave the Israelites a singleness of heart and action, He can do the same for us if we’ll love Him with all our heart (v. 38).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 32:2 Now at that time the king of Babylon’s army was besieging Jerusalem. Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the king of Judah’s house.

Isaiah 32:6-7 Jeremiah said, “The Lord’s word came to me, saying, ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field that is in Anathoth; for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.”

Isaiah 32:8-9 So Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard according to the Lord’s word, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption is yours. Buy it for yourself.’

Isaiah 32:25 You have said to me, O Lord, ‘Buy the field for money, and call witnesses;’ whereas the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.

Isaiah 32:26 Then the Lord’s word came to Jeremiah, saying, 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” 

Isaiah 32:36-42 36 Now therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning this city, about which you say, “It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:”  37 “Behold, I will gather them out of all the countries where I have driven them in My anger, and in My wrath, and in great indignation; and I will bring them again to this place. I will cause them to dwell safely. 38 Then they will be My people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for their good, and the good of their children after them. 40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from following them, to do them good. I will put My fear in their hearts, that they may not depart from Me. 41 Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with My whole heart and with My whole soul.”  42 For the Lord says: “Just as I have brought all this great evil on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them.” 

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Jeremiah 33 Theme

Restoration promised.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, restoring Israel has always been Your plan (v. 6-9).

Something to think about

The Lord told Jeremiah to call on Him and He would answer and tell him great and unsearchable things that he didn’t know (v. 3). The Lord said to give thanks to Him because He would restore their land as it was before (v. 11).   The Lord said the day is coming when He will fulfill the promise concerning a righteous Branch (v. 14-16). My Bible notes say Christ is the Righteous Branch.  Christ will fulfill the role of King, priest, and Mediator according to my Bible notes (v. 17-18).  The Lord closed the chapter by saying He would restore the Israelite’s fortunes and have compassion on them (v. 26).

Something to experience

God is always ready to listen to our prayers.  When we ask, we must humble ourselves before God, lay aside our plans and our worries and determine to do whatever He tells us to do.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and will show you great and difficult things, which you don’t know.’ 

Jeremiah 33:6-9 “Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them; and I will reveal to them abundance of peace and truth. I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me. I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me. This city will be to Me for a name of joy, for praise, and for glory, before all the nations of the earth, which will hear all the good that I do to them, and will fear and tremble for all the good and for all the peace that I provide to it.”

Jeremiah 33:11 “the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who say, ‘Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good, for His loving kindness endures forever;’ who bring thanksgiving into the Lord’s house. For I will cause the captivity of the land to be reversed as at the first,” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 33:14-16 14 “Behold, the days come,” says the Lord, “that I will perform that good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah.  15 In those days and at that time, I will cause a Branch of righteousness to grow up to David.  He will execute justice and righteousness in the land.  16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. This is the name by which she will be called: The Lord our righteousness.”

Jeremiah 33:17-18 17 For the Lord says: “David will never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel. 18 The Levitical priests won’t lack a man before Me to offer burnt offerings, to burn meal offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.”

Jeremiah 33:19-22 19 The Lord’s word came to Jeremiah, saying, 20 “The Lord says: ‘If you can break My covenant of the day and My covenant of the night, so that there will not be day and night in their time, 21 then My covenant could also be broken with David My servant, that he won’t have a son to reign on his throne; and with the Levites the priests, My ministers. 22 As the army of the sky can’t be counted, and the sand of the sea can’t be measured; so I will multiply the offspring of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.’”

Jeremiah 33:26 “then I will also cast away the offspring of Jacob, and of David My servant, so that I will not take of his offspring to be rulers over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to be reversed and will have mercy on them.”

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Prayer

Lord, thank You for loving us (Jeremiah 31:3).  Thank You for forgiving us when we repent of our sins (Jeremiah 31:34).  Thank You for being the Lord, the God of all mankind (Jeremiah 32:26).  Lord, thank You for being our God and receiving us as Your children (Jeremiah 32:38).  Lord, I pray we will do good, be inspired by You and never turn from You (Jeremiah 32:40). Lord, I pray we will call to You for then You will answer us and tell us great and unsearchable things we do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).  Lord, I pray we will continually give thanks to You for You are good and Your love endures forever (Jeremiah 33:11). Lord, thank You for sending Your Son, Christ Jesus, to be the Lord our Righteousness (Jeremiah 33:16). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I continually thank the Lord for His goodness and His love.” <>< Dona