Verse 1 – Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison saying,
This court of the prison was where elders and the king’s officers could consult Jeremiah and he could speak freely.
Verse 2 – “Thus says the Lord who made it the Lord who formed it to establish it, the Lord is His name:
Verse 3 – ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.’
God is ready to answer and speak to whomever calls on Him. Yes, God could take care of our needs without you asking, but by praying and asking we build our relationship with Him and acknowledge that He alone is God. No one but God can reveal our destiny.
Verse 4 – “For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah, which have been pulled down to fortify against the siege mounds and the swords:
Verse 5 – ‘They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but only to fill their places with the dead bodies of men whom I will slay in My anger and My fury, all for whose wickedness I have hidden My face from this city.
All attempts to rescue Jerusalem will fail. The action includes tearing down the houses and using the stones to plug up the holes in the city wall and to set up barricades. The bodies will be the citizens of Judah, not Babylonian soldiers.
Verse 6 – ‘Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.
Verse 7 – ‘And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first.
Verse 8 – ‘I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me.
These promises and holiness must be referred to their state under the Gospel, when they shall have received Jesus as the promise Messiah.
Verse 9 – ‘Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and a honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’
Other nations will fear to engage against a nation beloved and favored by God.
Verse 10 – “Thus says the Lord: ‘Again there shall be heard in this place – of which you say, “It is desolate, without man and without beast” – in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitants and without beasts,
Verse 11 – ‘the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His mercy endures forever” – and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the Lord.
When is your praise a sacrifice? There is no sacrifice to praising Him when everything is going well in our lives or when God answers a much-needed prayer. The sacrifice of praise comes in the middle of our turmoil; when we feel least like praising.
Verse 12 – “thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In this place which is desolate, without man and without beast, and in all its cities, there shall again be a habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.
Verse 13 – ‘In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks shall again pass under the hands of him who counts them,’ says the Lord.
This refers to the One who counts the sheep as they come into the sheepfold each night to make sure none were missing – Jesus! Christ knows each one of His sheep – children of God, by name and knows when one is missing – goes astray.
Verse 14 – ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:
Verse 15 – ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David a Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
Verse 16 – In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’
These verses refer both to the first and second coming of Christ. At His first coming He set up His reign in the hearts of believers; and at the second coming He will execute justice and righteousness throughout the whole earth Christ is the “Branch” sprouting from David, a man after God’s own heart.
Verse 17 – “For thus says the Lord: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel;
Verse 18 – ‘nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’ ”
Jesus fulfilled the offices of both king and Priest, maintaining constant fellowship with God and mediating for the people. Christ and Christ alone is our High Priest, the only mediator between man of God.
Verse 19 – “Thus says the Lord: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with night, so that there will not be day and night in their seasons,
Verse 21 – ‘then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministries.
This covenant would no sooner break than day and night would cease.
Verse 22 – ‘As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me!”
Christ is Himself called David, whose seed and whose Levites are multiplied in the multiplying of Christians and of faithful ministers of the Gospel, which are the things here promised.
Verse 23 – Moreover the word of the lord came to Jeremiah, saying,
Verse 24 – “Have you not considered what these people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the Lord has chosen, He has also cast them off? Thus they have despised My people, as if they should no more be a nation before them.
Some disbelieving Israelites were saying that the Lord had rejected two families (the northern and southern kingdoms).
Verse 25 – “Thus says the Lord: ‘If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinance of heaven and earth,
Verse 26 – ‘then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will cease their captives to return, and will have mercy on them.’ ”
Even after the nation of Israel ceases to exist, the promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are guaranteed by God and are as sure as His covenant with day and with night. All God’s promise are sure and will come to pass – Amen!