- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 30
Restoration of Israel.
Jeremiah 30:1- 33:26 is called the Book of Consolation, with the collection of poetry (30-31), and pros (32-33). Most of the collection was made by Baruch, Jeremiah’s scriber, reflecting the period of 622-609 BC.
God commands Jeremiah to record visions of a new future for Israel and Judah (v.1-3). After God’s judgement, on that day (v.8) God will break the yoke and a Davidic king will again rule Israel. It envisions a future of healing, restoration, and of renewed relationship between God and people.
God heard the suffering of people, their crying to God. God caused it to them because of their great guilt and many sins. But God will also punish nations that had suffered Israel while God restore Judah and Israel.
The promise of restoration is revival of life– healing (v.17), rebuilding (v.18), rejoice and honor (v.19), coming of new ruler (21). The most of all is restored covenant (v.22).
Therefore, God’s punishment will continue to accomplish his purposes until that day comes. (v.8). Jeremiah prophesized the oracle of hope, faith, comfort, and endurance to exiled people in Babylonia.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?