Jeremiah is still in the prison that we saw him last in chapter 32, and Jehovah continues to speak to Jeremiah:
1 Moreover the word of Jehovah came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the guard, saying,
2 Thus saith Jehovah that doeth it, Jehovah that formeth it to establish it; Jehovah is his name:
3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and will show thee great things, and difficult, which thou knowest not.
4 For thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are broken down to make a defence against the mounds and against the sword;
5 while men come to fight with the Chaldeans, and to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger and in my wrath, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face from this city:
6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them; and I will reveal unto them abundance of peace and truth.
7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.
This is an important distinction. God says that He will cause Israel and Judah to return. Most importantly, God says that He will build them like He built them at the beginning.
How did God build Israel at the beginning?
He caused the inhabitants of the land to fight with Israel, and gave Israel the victory in all of her fighting. Every time a local group attacked Israel, Israel won. That’s how God drove out the inhabitants the first time.
And, that’s how God has driven out the inhabitants THIS time.
Israel didn’t need to lift a finger to persecute the Arabs. The Arabs left by themselves. Those Arabs that were left attacked Israel and were forced to run away.
So yes, God HAS built Israel like He built Israel before.
8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned against me, and whereby they have transgressed against me.
9 And this city shall be to me for a name of joy, for a praise and for a glory, before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them, and shall fear and tremble for all the good and for all the peace that I procure unto it.
10 Thus saith Jehovah: Yet again there shall be heard in this place, whereof ye say, It is waste, without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast,
11 the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that say, Give thanks to Jehovah of hosts, for Jehovah is good, for his lovingkindness endureth for ever; and of them that bring sacrifices of thanksgiving into the house of Jehovah. For I will cause the captivity of the land to return as at the first, saith Jehovah.
Again, there’s that language, ‘as at the first’ – like we saw in Jeremiah 32.
God also repeats that His promises are eternal. When He spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God wasn’t making His promise allegorical. No, His promise was literal and eternal.
Israel will return. Judah WILL return, and God’s blessing upon Israel will NEVER fail.
Those of us who are gentiles… we cannot obtain that promise, in the way that has been given here. Although, we can obtain that promise by being inserted into it through Jesus, Israel’s eternal Messiah.
12 Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Yet again shall there be in this place, which is waste, without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, a habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.
13 In the cities of the hill-country, in the cities of the lowland, and in the cities of the South, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks again pass under the hands of him that numbereth them, saith Jehovah.
14 Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will perform that good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah.
15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause a Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
Who is this Branch?
16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely; and this is the name whereby she shall be called: Jehovah our righteousness.
Was Judah saved when Jesus came the first time?
Salvation was offered, and many took that offer – several thousand, in fact. But, Jerusalem eventually fell. So, the culmination of the prophecy is yet to come.
But, it IS coming.
17 For thus saith Jehovah: David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
18 neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt-offerings, and to burn meal-offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.
When Jesus became the King of Israel upon the cross, did He ever stop being the King of Israel?
Furthermore, when Jesus did the office of High Priest by offering His own blood and His own body, did He ever stop being High Priest of Israel?
He is still that Priest and King, even today.
19 And the word of Jehovah came unto Jeremiah, saying,
20 Thus saith Jehovah: If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, so that there shall not be day and night in their season;
21 then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he shall not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.
As long as the Universe exists… As long as day follows night follows day… As long as the laws of nature continue…
God’s promise to David and to the Levitical priesthood will also continue.
These promises cannot be terminated until God recreates the Universe.
22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured; so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.
Who is the seed of David?
But, Jesus is one, where is the multiplication? As the sand and the stars?
It is in everyone who follows Jesus. Everyone who becomes a true Christian becomes of the seed of David.
We are truly as the sand of the sea, and as the stars of the sky.
Don’t let anyone tell you that there are just a handful of true followers of Christ. There cannot be just a few when God promised that we would be as the sand of the sea and the stars of the sky.
23 And the word of Jehovah came to Jeremiah, saying,
24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which Jehovah did choose, he hath cast them off? thus do they despise my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.
25 Thus saith Jehovah: If my covenant of day and night stand not, if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
26 then will I also cast away the seed of Jacob, and of David my servant, so that I will not take of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and will have mercy on them.
God will always love Israel – Always.
Beware that you say anything against them.