Who's In Charge Here?
Mighty Lord God, today, I gladly join the cosmic chorus of praise and worship offered to You.
Read Jeremiah 33:1-26
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour; the bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower” (William Cowper, 1731-1800).
Again, the reassuring word of the Lord comes to Jeremiah while he remains imprisoned. The word reassures him both of the sovereignty of the Lord and his purposes and power working for Israel’s restoration. God, not Babylon, has brought about the judgment and so he will also bring forgiveness, restoration and new blessing. There will be the restoration of joyful family life and social interaction; there will be prosperity; there will be true and faithful worship. The program is clearly dependent on “a righteous Branch … from David’s line” (15) who is called “The Lord Our Righteous Savior” (16), and is clearly identified in the New Testament as Jesus, Messiah, Savior and Lord.
Jeremiah’s emphatic affirmation of God’s faithfulness to his covenant promises highlights a subject that has been debated through the whole history of the church. “Have you not noticed that these people are saying…” can apply to all the long and sad history of the church’s frequent triumphalism in its relationship with the Jewish people (23,24). Paul devoted three chapters of his letter to the Romans (9-11) to it. He thought it important enough to return to it in Romans 15:7-13, with his affirmation of Jesus as “a servant of the Jews” as a tenet of God’s truth. The debate has often become polarized in arguments between Replacement Theology (the church is the new Israel), Two Covenant Theology (one covenant for Christians through Jesus and the other for Jews through the Torah) and sometimes uncritical Christian Zionism. One day God will make it all clear!
A right understanding of this important subject is not just about Israel and the church. It is about God’s faithfulness to his promises, and about how we understand the doctrine of assurance.
How do you understand God’s faithfulness to his promises and the doctrine of assurance? What area of your life does it affect?
Covenant-keeping God, I rest in Your promises to me and to Your people. You will never let me down and never let me go.
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