Jeremiah 30:12-24 and the Lord’s Loving Vengeance

This post builds on Jeremiah 30:1-11 and the Last Kingdom. In that post, we saw that the restored kingdom of David will be the only nation that lasts forever. The rest of Jeremiah 30 explains that Israel’s healing and the judgment of its enemies go hand in hand.

Israel and Judah are in a hopeless situation. There is no medicine for their wound, no one to advocate for them. The source of all of their problems is their sin, and the Lord’s consequent judgment. The nations look at Zion and say nobody cares for her. Can you blame them? Even her God is fighting against her.

But the Lord still cares for Zion, and he will prove it by punishing everyone who has harmed his people. Every sin against God’s people will be punished with perfect justice. This will happen when Zion is healed.

The description of healing explains that God’s people will regain everything that was taken from them. They will have houses and a city. They will be multiplied and honored. And the Lord will punish everyone who oppressed them.

The unique promise is the description of their ruler. He is one of their own people, and the Lord will bring him into His presence. King Uzziah was struck with leprosy for offering incense in the Lord’s presence, because only priests were allowed to do that (2 Chronicles 26). There’s something different about this king.

The king is the head of the people, so the way the Lord treats the people depends on the king’s obedience. Since I’m sure you just finished reading 2 Chronicles 26, keep reading. Second Chronicles 27 is about Jotham, a good king leading bad people. The kingdom was blessed because the king obeyed God, even though the masses were corrupt. Now, if your king is so holy that the Lord brings him into His presence, then you have nothing to fear. This is the source of the perfect healing that would come to Zion. The cause of their wound was sin, and the only cure is a sinless king.

And now it is clear why the healing of Zion means judgment for its enemies. If the kingdom is in perfect relationship with God, then who can stand against it? What will happen to anyone who fights against this king? “The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intentions of his mind. In the latter days you will understand this” (Jeremiah 30:24). Any nation that will not bow to this king will be destroyed.

The “latter days” have arrived, and so we understand. God healed Israel through a sinless king named Jesus. He died to take the punishment for the sins of his people, and rose from the dead to reign forever at the right hand of God. He has prepared a city with eternal dwellings, and his people are multiplying all over the world. And he is worthy to open the scroll of judgment and avenge his martyrs (Revelation 5-6).

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