Restoration for Israel and Judah
30 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the LORD, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it.”
These are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah:
“Thus says the LORD:
We have heard a cry of panic,
of terror, and no peace.
Ask now, and see,
can a man bear a child?
Why then do I see every man
with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor?
Why has every face turned pale?
Alas! That day is so great
there is none like it;
it is a time of distress for Jacob;
yet he shall be saved out of it.
“And it shall come to pass in that day, declares the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off your neck, and I will burst your bonds, and foreigners shall no more make a servant of him. But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.
“Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the LORD,
nor be dismayed, O Israel;
for behold, I will save you from far away,
and your offspring from the land of their captivity.
Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease,
and none shall make him afraid.
For I am with you to save you,
declares the LORD;
I will make a full end of all the nations
among whom I scattered you,
but of you I will not make a full end.
I will discipline you in just measure,
and I will by no means leave you unpunished.
“For thus says the LORD:
Your hurt is incurable,
and your wound is grievous.
There is none to uphold your cause,
no medicine for your wound,
no healing for you.
All your lovers have forgotten you;
they care nothing for you;
for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy,
the punishment of a merciless foe,
because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant.
Why do you cry out over your hurt?
Your pain is incurable.
Because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant,
I have done these things to you.
Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured,
and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
those who plunder you shall be plundered,
and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
For I will restore health to you,
and your wounds I will heal,
declares the LORD,
because they have called you an outcast:
‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’
“Thus says the LORD:
Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob
and have compassion on his dwellings;
the city shall be rebuilt on its mound,
and the palace shall stand where it used to be.
Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving,
and the voices of those who celebrate.
I will multiply them, and they shall not be few;
I will make them honored, and they shall not be small.
Their children shall be as they were of old,
and their congregation shall be established before me,
and I will punish all who oppress them.
Their prince shall be one of themselves;
their ruler shall come out from their midst;
I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me,
for who would dare of himself to approach me?
declares the LORD.
And you shall be my people,
and I will be your God.”
Behold the storm of the LORD!
Wrath has gone forth,
a whirling tempest;
it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back
until he has executed and accomplished
the intentions of his mind.
In the latter days you will understand this.
Jeremiah 30 Commentary
by Hank Workman
“Let the ruins come to life in the beauty of Your Name. Rising up from the ashes, God forever You reign. And my soul will find refuge in the shadow of Your wings. I will love You forever and forever I’ll sing.”Glorious Ruins (Joel Houston / Matt Crocker)
Choices bring consequences. Whether good or bad, many a time our wrong choices bring hardship and turmoil. More often than not at some point we stand in the wreckage of these things, where all is a shambles and ruin. We come to an end of ourselves and finally turn toward the grace of Jesus looking for Him to rebuild our lives.
Unfortunately, this is often what it takes for people and ourselves to turn back to God. Speaking through Jeremiah, God gives a hope beyond the wreckage and devastation to come. His promises are rich that if they turn, one day their land, they would be restored. He would rebuild the ruins.
The grace and mercy of Jesus is far-reaching. It comes into the darkest areas of our lives where there is no hope. It repairs the areas where foolishly we have built our life on wrong choices. It heals and reestablishes. It comforts and renews purpose. Yes, we may be broken down and at a complete standstill but it’s not where His plan was to have us. Even if everywhere we look there is destruction and devastation, this tremendous grace of Jesus meets us there.
The people of Israel would physically and emotionally know what their disobedience had brought. But if they turned, repented of their ways, in time God would rebuild. He does the same with us. It requires an honest humility before Him. Confession, repentance required, hope will indeed be seen on the horizon as He rebuilds the ruins of our lives.
Jeremiah 30 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
God works in mysterious ways. It’s cliche but truth for this chapter. He is flexing his muscles once again and showing that His plan cannot be thwarted – even by our rebellious sin. There is restoration on the horizon and that is the motivation. In the meantime, however, men will suffer horrible birthing pains.
Have you ever been here? There is suffering now, but hope on the horizon. It seems to me this is a common theme in Scripture. We see it here in the short term with Israel. We see it later in the big picture with Jesus Christ. And, we experience it now as we wait for his Second Coming. God has always been in the business of leading us through difficult times while providing a new hope to hold onto.
I think sometimes if God told us what the future actually held, we’d quit right away. These people don’t know exactly how restoration will occur, or even necessarily what they will have to endure to get that far. But the promises of God never return void. He is always faithful and just. The last part of this chapter really speaks the fact that most times we don’t know what God is doing when we are in the eye of the storm. But afterward, we see the glory in its fullness, and we are able to experience a refining through the fire.