faith that God will restore
Jeremiah 33:1-26 (JDV)
Jeremiah 33:1 While he was still confined in the guard’s courtyard, the word of Yahveh came to Jeremiah a second time:
Jeremiah 33:2 “Yahveh who made the land, Yahveh who forms it to establish it, Yahveh is his name, says this:
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and inaccessible things you do not know.
Jeremiah 33:4 You see, this is what Yahveh, the God of Israel, says concerning the houses of this city and the palaces of Judah’s kings, the ones broken up for defense against the assault ramps and the sword:
Jeremiah 33:5 The people coming to fight the Chaldeans will fill the houses with the corpses of their own men that I strike down in my wrath and rage. I have hidden my face from this city because of all their evil.
Jeremiah 33:6 Yet I will certainly bring health and healing to it and will indeed heal them. I will let them experience the abundance of true peace.
Jeremiah 33:7 I will restore the fortunes of Judah and of Israel and will rebuild them as in former times.
Jeremiah 33:8 I will purify them from all the violation they have committed against me, and I will forgive all the violations they have committed against me, rebelling against me.
Jeremiah 33:9 This city will bear on my behalf a name of joy, praise, and glory before all the nations of the land, who will hear of all the prosperity I will give them. They will tremble and shake because of all the good and all the peace I will bring about for them.
Jeremiah 33:10 “This is what Yahveh says: In this place, which you say is a ruin, without people or animals – that is, in Judah’s cities and Jerusalem’s streets that are a desolation without people, without inhabitants, and without animals – there will be heard again
Jeremiah 33:11 a sound of joy and gladness, the voice of the groom and the bride, and the voice of those saying, Give thanks to Yahveh of Armies, for Yahveh is good; his covenant faithfulness endures permanently as they bring thank offerings to the temple of Yahveh. You see, I will restore the fortunes of the land as in former times, says Yahveh.
Jeremiah 33:12 “This is what Yahveh of Armies says: In this desolate place – without people or animals – and in all its cities there will once more be a grazing land where shepherds may rest flocks.
Jeremiah 33:13 The flocks will again pass under the hands of the one who counts them in the cities of the hill country, the cities of the Judean foothills, the cities of the Negev, the land of Benjamin – the areas around Jerusalem and in Judah’s cities, says Yahveh.
Jeremiah 33:14 “Notice, the days are coming” – this is what Yahveh declares – “when I will fulfill the good promise that I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Jeremiah 33:15 In those days and at that time I will cause a Righteous Branch to sprout up for David, and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land.
Jeremiah 33:16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely, and this is what she will be named: Yahveh Is Our Righteousness.
Jeremiah 33:17 “You see, this is what Yahveh says: David will never fail to have a man sitting on the throne of the house of Israel.
Jeremiah 33:18 The Levitical priests will never fail to have a man always before me to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices.”
Jeremiah 33:19 The word of Yahveh came to Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 33:20 “This is what Yahveh says: If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night so that day and night cease to come at their regular time,
Jeremiah 33:21 then also my covenant with my servant David may be broken. If that could happen, then he would not have a son reigning on his throne and the Levitical priests would not be my ministers.
Jeremiah 33:22 Even as the stars of the sky cannot be counted, and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, so too I will make innumerable the descendants of my servant David and the Levites who minister to me.”
Jeremiah 33:23 The word of Yahveh came to Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 33:24 “Have you not noticed what these people have said? They say, ‘Yahveh has rejected the two families he had chosen.’ My people are treated with contempt and no longer regarded as a nation among them.
Jeremiah 33:25 This is what Yahveh says: If I do not keep my covenant with the day and with the night, and if I fail to establish the fixed order of the sky and land,
Jeremiah 33:26 then I might also reject the descendants of Jacob and of my servant David. That is, I would not take rulers from his descendants to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But in fact, I will restore their fortunes and show compassion to them.”
faith that God will restore
In the midst of destruction and despair, the LORD calls on his people to believe in a future of restoration, peace, joy, prosperity, healing, forgiveness, cleansing, and righteousness. That takes faith: to look at loss and apparent rejection and still trust the very God who has caused the loss.
LORD, give us the faith to trust in your promises, even as we see examples of your judgment all around us.