Jeremiah 31-32: God assured the Northern Kingdom that He will restore her. Those who had survived the sword will yet experience God’s favor as He leads them into the desert for their new Exodus. Jeremiah provides 3 word pictures showing God’s restoration of Israel. He begins with renewed joy and equates it with taking up her tambourines and dancing with joy! Second, there will be a time of peace and prosperity and he shows this through the planting of vineyards on the hills of Samaria – the threat will be over as they are able to enjoy the fruit. Last, Jeremiah provides that there will be a time of renewed commitment to the Lord in his words “go up to Zion” to worship the Lord. This future provides hope. Jeremiah provides a time frame for this disclosure at the beginning of Ch. 32. Ch. 32 is interesting because you don’t know the reason for purchasing the land until you get to the end…the documents of purchase were told to be placed in a clay jar – the reason is to preserve them. They had to last a long time as it would still be many years before the people returned from captivity and claim their land. Jeremiah buying the land and preserving the bill of sale was to show that houses, fields and vineyards would one day again be bought by the people of Israel.
Psalm 119:137-144: Here, the psalmist simply declares that because the Lord is righteous, His Word is also righteous. The psalmist is testifying his own passion for God’s Word and the promise of comfort he finds in times of difficulty.
Revelation 12: Deciphering the symbols of Revelation takes a great deal of time and much more space than we have at this time – a great majority of scholars believe the symbol of the woman, the child and the dragon points to the birth of Christ and I agree. Revelation is a book of promise and hope that is more important, I believe, than the symbols. A good study Bible will attempt to describe the symbols if desired, but I really believe that the promise of Revelation is really rather simple – we humans must rest in the comfort of a God who promises that he is on our side no matter the time or difficulty or age – we call this hope!! Trusting in the promise that good wins over evil!
Reflection: The Bible is replete with imagery that is often dramatic like in Revelation or subtle like in our Psalm or Jeremiah today. Please remember that there is a common theme that weaves its way through God’s Word to us…it is a message of promise and hope. All we have to do is trust in the One who showed us who this great God is…Jesus!
Writing this, I am reminded of Hebrews 6:13-20 – a wonderful passage of hope in the promises of God…hope that anchors the soul!!