Most of the previous chapters discuss the results of their poor decision to disobey God and flee into Egypt after the murder of Gedaliah. And, Jeremiah 46 talks about the destruction of Egypt itself.
Except for the last two verses.
The last two verses are chilling.
27 But fear not thou, O Jacob my servant, neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be quiet and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.
28 Fear not thou, O Jacob my servant, saith Jehovah; for I am with thee: for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee; but I will not make a full end of thee, but I will correct thee in measure, and will in no wise leave thee unpunished.
God has essentially destroyed Israel. No one is left in the land of Israel. The ten tribes have been scattered to the four winds. Judah has been hauled off to Babylon. And, what’s left has fled to Egypt and is about to be destroyed.
So, God offers a ray of hope and a chilling curse.
God tells Israel (and all who read the bible) that they will be saved and rescued. Israel will return and be safe and prosperous.
However, there will be some discipline involved. There will be a price to pay for her sins, but that price will not be eternal. There will be a moment in time when Israel will no longer need to fear God’s judgement.
But, the chilling part is this:
“…for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee…”
He’s talking about every nation on the planet. The Jews have been driven to every corner of the planet, and they have been terribly persecuted everywhere they have been forced to go.
However, there are a few places where the Jewish people have not been persecuted, as well as a few places where the Jewish people have never been driven to. Maybe THESE places will be safe from God’s judgement.
But, I wouldn’t bet on it.