Jer 30-33: "When Jeremiah was first given his commission as a
prophet of the LORD (Jer 1:10), his work was described in four infinitives of
retribution and two of blessing. Through most of his days it had fallen to him
to rebuke and denounce and threaten. But when the final climax of suffering came
on Jerusalem, his message changed to one of comfort. When God's people were at
the very limit of affliction and misery, he held out before them not only the
prospect but the promise of a New Covenant with their God.
"The details of this New Covenant occupy four of the most
wonderful chapters in the OT [Jer 30-33]. They are available today for the
reassurance of faith because God specifically charged Jeremiah to 'write all the
words in a book' (Jer 30:2).
"The message begins with the picture of 'the time of Jacob's
trouble'. Appropriate enough to the horrors of his own day, it actually
describes the climax of tribulation which is yet to come upon the people of
Israel before the Messiah is revealed. 'But he shall be saved out of it' -- in
Heb the words sound wonderfully like: 'But out of it... Jesus!' (Jer 30:7)"
"There will be a time of distress such as has not happened
from the beginning of nations until then" (Dan 12:1).
TROUBLE: Heb "tsarah": sw Gen 32:7; Gen
BUT HE WILL BE SAVED OUT OF IT: Or, 'out of it shall
The Jews, God's special people: Deu 7:6. Never to be destroyed
throughout history: Lev 26:44,45... although their enemies cease to exist: Isa
43:9-12. As promised to king David: 2Sa 7:10; Luk 1:68-75; Rom
Israel to be preserved: Amo 9:8,9. Nations which once
dominated Israel have vanished: ie, Babylon (Isa 13:19-22; Jer 51:24-26); Tyre
(Eze 27:34-36; 28:18,19).
Israel's sins like incurable disease: Jer 30:15; 15:18; Mic
Israel as adulterous wife to be reconciled to God: Hos 3; Jer
Israel to be cleansed and morally forgiven: Jer