Three verses stood out to me today as I read this chapter, but instead of only picking one verse to write on, I thought that I would share all three:
“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: ‘Write down all the words I have spoken to you.'” Jeremiah 30:2 NIV
Jeremiah was told by the Lord to write down the words that He was about to speak to Him. These words were words to recap the misery that they are now experiencing and the trouble that likely lies ahead. But more importantly, the words spoken were words of promise from the Lord; though the afflictions may last long, they will not last forever and they will be restored. The fact that God wanted Jeremiah to write His words down would allow the Israelites to recognize that God is true to His word and faithful to those who love Him.
“‘In that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them. Instead, they will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.'” Jeremiah 30:8-9 NIV
As the Israelites witness the Lord’s faithfulness, they will choose to repent and serve the God Almighty. They will honour the Son as they honour the Father. Their sins will be pardoned and their yokes broken.
Application – It is good for us to write out our prayers so that we too can look back and see all the good things that God has done in our lives. The Lord not only provides restoration for us through his Son Jesus Christ, but He also breaks our yoke and removes the chain of slavery that Satan tries so hard to weigh us down with. Just as God raised Jesus from the grave, when we submit to His authority, He will raise us up too so that we can walk in the freedom that He has already provided for us.