Jeremiah 33:20 and 25

If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time…

A covenant with day and night – The One Who names the stars and puts them in their places ( Psalm 147:4) , Who tells the ocean where its limits are (Job 38:4, 56), this amazing God has fixed the laws of heaven and earth, of day and night. We should have no fear. If His covenants with day and night are unbreakable, think how secure our covenant is made through the blood of His Son.

Jeremiah 3: 13-16

In their presence I gave Baruch these instructions: This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel says: Take these document, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time. For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land. After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD.

The Lord is about to hand over this land to a foreign king. The Jews will have no right to property. They will be slaves. Yet God has Jeremiah seal the deed to this land in a clay jar so it will last a long time and He promises that fields and vineyards will be purchased again in this land. So this deed is a promise of future hope in a clay vessel. Wait a minute!! That describes us!! As Christians, we are vessels of clay with the seal of the Holy spirit, the hope of a future inheritance, and eternal life with God!

Jeremiah 31:3, 4, and 13

vs 3 and 4 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful. vs. 13 then the maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

I know these verses are specifically for Israel – a hope in their time of exile, a look at a brighter future, but for the Christian this is the new life experienced after salvation. The darkness is gone, the hope renewed, the sin forever atoned. Anger, bondage to sin, and hopelessness are replaced by joy, gladness, comfort and the light of life in Christ. With this new life in Christ, we find ourselves among the joyful.

Jeremiah 30:12 and 13

This is what the LORD says, “Your wound is incurable, your injury beyond healing, there is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, no healing for you.

When I read this I thought of the cross, and of Jesus, the Saviour, Who did this very thing for us. He cured our incurable wound. He healed our unhealable injury. He bled for our cause, and applied His blood as a remedy for our sore. He healed us completely from the pain and death of sin. He rescued us and gave us life with peace and joy even in our struggles on earth, giving us unspeakable peace and joy for eternity with Him.

Jeremiah 29

There is lots of punishment, destruction, sin and lying, captivity, false prophets and loss of hope in the writings of Jeremiah, but there in the midst of it all come these great and precious promises. vs. 11. 12. 13 ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Notice, He isn’t delivering them out of their trials, He is giving them hope IN their trials. He is meeting them in their misery with a promise – like a lifeboat to a drowning man.

Jeremiah 28:15

Then the prophet, Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The LORD has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. ”

In the face of disaster, people grasp for something better to believe, they seek for salvation from their troubles. In this chapter, the false prophet, Hananiah, offers a false sense of security, and feeling of hope. People are always willing to hear those things that “sound good”. As Christians, we know that salvation has been provided for mankind. The key is confession of sin. The true sense of security is God’s love and eternal life in return. This is the truth. If what you are hearing, doesn’t match up with God’s truth, reject it.

Jeremiah 27:4 and 5, 21 and 22

vs. 4 and 5 Give them a message for their masters and say, “this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Tell this to your masters: With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please. vs. 21 and 22 yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about the things that are left in the house of the LORD and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem: they will be taken to Babylon, and there they will remain until he day I come for them, declares the LORD. Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.”

God created the earth, the people, and all of the animals. He can give them away or keep them. Then, we see in vs. 22, that He can come and get anything He wants and rescue it or restore it to whatever place He wishes. This is real power – power beyond our scope of understanding power. This is the One Who said, “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3) and light was created. This is the One Who breathed life into the man He created from the dust of the earth He created. Through the sacrifice of Christ, we belong to the One Who has this power. We are His.

Jeremiah 26:2 and 3

“This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the LORD’s house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of he LORD.: Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word. Perhaps they will listen and each will tum from his evil way. Then I will relent and not bring on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done.

Here is that re-occurring theme: with repentance comes relief from the Lord’s proclaimed disaster. When the people turn from their wicked ways God turns back His intended punishment. My dad worked in he San Joaquin Valley of California on the system of canals and waterways. He was part of a crew reclaiming the desert, turning it from a dry and dusty, fruitless place ,into a land where fruits and vegetables grew in abundance. God is in the original business of reclamation: re-claiming all people from the way of sin, and restoring them to His way, the way of godliness.

Jeremiah 25:10

I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp.

I was sad when I read this. Sounds of joy and laughter, children playing and singing, the happy celebration of marriage – all removed from their lives. Abundance of food, the simple ability to light up the darkness with a lamp – all gone. Every vestige of gladness, joy, peace of heart and mind replaced by desolation. This is life without God’s hand of blessing. It seems like too steep a price to pay for sin.