Jeremiah 30-32, Psalm 21
Last year while sharing with one my orthodox Jewish patients from Ezekiel 38 and 39, relating to how the nations in this prophecy seemed to be coming together and how this meant that as we Christians see it our Messiah would be coming back, but as she sees it her Messiah would be coming, she gave me an interesting answer. Though I am excited for the return of Jesus, she was not. She knows that before her Messiah comes there will be tremendous persecution unlike the world has ever seen. As she put it, “I hope it doesn’t come soon I have 5 young children to raise and consider.” We read of this time in Jer.30:6-7, “Ask now, and see, Whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins Like a woman in labor, And all faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.” We know that this verse along with this chapter refers to the future and not to their immediate situation with the Babylonians, since it continually refers to Israel and Judah, and Israel has been out of the picture since the Assyrians destroyed them, then scattered them in Samaria and throughout their empire over 100 years before this was written..
The world’s perspective and God’s perspective is opposite. In Jer. 31:3, He reminds them, “…Yes, I have loved them with an everlasting love;..”. From the calling given to Abraham 1400 years before this, to the issuing of the Law to Moses around 700 years before this, the people of Israel and Judah had rejected their God. It says in Jer 32:23, “…but they have not obeyed Your voice or walked in Your law. They have done nothing of all that you commanded them to do; therefore You have caused all this calamity to come upon them.” It goes on in Jer 32:33-34, “And they have turned to Me the back, and not the face,…yet they have not listened to receive instruction. But they set their abominations in the house which is called by My name…”. God called His people, literally wrote the law with His own finger, and never stopped loving them, yet they chose to reject their Father. Critics of the Bible like to take verses out of context, but when we see the various trials that God puts His children through, don’t we correct our own children. Though we do it often for earthly matters, God does it for eternal matters.
Where God established the Old Covenant with His hand, Jesus, God the Son, established the New Covenant with His blood. In Matthew 26:28, Jesus says, “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Referring to this New Covenant, Jeremiah writes in Jer.31:33-34, “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of the Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” We who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior have entered this New Covenant. We have received the Holy Spirit which enables these words to be true. It took the 70 year Babylonian captivity to turn the Jewish people from their rejection of the Father. After their return from Babylon, though they struggled, they never returned to idolatry. Though there are some Jewish people who have accepted Jesus as their Messiah, most have not. God loves them too much to have them miss their own Messiah. Unfortunately after almost 2000 years of rejecting God, the Son, it will take the 7 years Tribulation, written about in detail (the time of Jacob’s trouble) in Revelation 6-18, to bring them to accept and turn to their Messiah.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: