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Restoration: In Jeremiah alone, there are 18 references to restoration. Five of which, are found in chapters 30 and 31. Granted, the context has to do with Israel and Judah and their exiles, but the concept is consistent with God's truth. (image from bible screen.com)

This morning, catching up on my M'Cheyney reading plan, I was reading through Jeremiah 30:1-31:40. As I was reading through these two chapters, I was reminded of a few things, which, led to further reflection. The reflective thoughts were themes that are so prominent I couldn't help but ponder its importance for worship, obedience, and truth. The themes begin with words, then concepts, and then actions. Here are a few of the words that became lively to me;

  1. Restoration: In Jeremiah alone, there are 18 references to restoration. Five of which, are found in chapters 30 and 31. Granted, the context has to do with Israel and Judah and their exiles, but the concept is consistent with God's truth. And that is, God restores His people. He may chastise them and bring about some judgement(consequences to disobedience), but God's heart is always restoration (Jeremiah 30:22; 31:8-9; 31:17-21).
  2. Rebuilt: Again, contextually, this has to do with Israel and Judah being rebuilt literally as cities, and as a people (Jeremiah 30:18; 31:4; 31:38). However, conceptually, this is a very striking typology for Christ, His bride (Revelation 21:2; 21:9), and the Kingdom of God(Luke 13:18-25). Not to mention, biblically, before coming to Christ, we are condemned already with God's judgement(John 3:18; Romans 5:7; 5:12; 5:19), but as we hear the Gospel(John 5:24-25; Romans 10:17), and the Holy Spirit reveals the Gospel of God to us(John 14:16-17; 14:26; 15:26; 16:7-15), we become new creatures being restored(justified as his children), 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15) and rebuilt(sanctified into Christ's likeness) as well as awaiting the consummation of Christ's Kingdom-The Kingdom of God.
  3. ****Be Encouraged****
    As God's people, we taste the sourness of sin in this world, but remember, we have been restored, being rebuilt individually, while the Kingdom of God is being built.