Answering the Call

August 9, 2018 at 9:38 am | Posted in Jeremiah | 2 Comments
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Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying, Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Jeremaih 33:1-3

Jeremiah 33:3 is one of those “coffee mug” verses…

Jeremiah 33-3 coffee mug

… and we may take the encouragement to “call unto Me” as a command for us today to call upon God in prayer, but, remember, Jeremiah was in a special appointed relationship with God whereby God openly invited him to seek out prophetic visions and information from God, and God would share secrets with His prophet. You and I may call upon God for wisdom, and He may answer us through the study of His Bible, or through the passage of time as we see events unfold, but it wouldn’t be wise for us to seek a private revelation from God about the future.

God responded to Jeremiah by letting him know more about the future restoration of Judah and Israel.

And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first. 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, and whereby they have transgressed against me.

Jeremiah 33:7-8

This would be not only geographical and material restoration, but, more importantly, spiritual restoration: cleansing AND pardon. God would forgive them for going astray (iniquity), falling far short of the mark of God’s righteousness (sin), and rebellion (transgression). This would be for a blessing to His own chosen people, but also for a witness and testimony to gentile nations.

And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.

Jeremaih 33:9

Do not fail to praise God openly in front of unbelievers for the prosperity God may allow you to enjoy, but don’t forget to praise him especially for the forgiveness of your sins, either.

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Romans 2:4

The Lord then repeated the assurances of the future fulfillment of His covenant by making an argumentum a fortiori.

Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them. Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.

Jeremiah 33:24-26

The idea is that when the sun stops rising and setting each day, then someone can question whether God’s covenant with the seed of Jacob and David will be broken.

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