Jeremiah 32:37-41 (NLT)
37 I will certainly bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury. I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety. 38 They will be my people, and I will be their God. 39 And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me. 41 I will find joy doing good for them and will faithfully and wholeheartedly replant them in this land.
God’s people had continued to sin in ways He had never taught them about. They worshiped other gods; they even sacrificed their children to gods. God was angry with their behavior. But here we see God making them a promise of restoration. He will pour out His grace and love and favor upon them. They will be brought back to one land and He will give them a purpose to worship Him.
Moses had spoken to the people in Deuteronomy 28:64-66 saying, “For the Lord will scatter you among all the nations from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship foreign gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods made of wood and stone! There among those nations you will find no peace or place to rest. And the Lord will cause your heart to tremble, your eyesight to fail, and your soul to despair. Your life will constantly hang in the balance. You will live night and day in fear, unsure if you will survive.” These words held true over the course of history. The Jewish people were brutally tortured and put to death in concentration camps by those under Nazi rule. Even long before that the Romans took over their land scattering the people in many directions. The siege by Rome was one of the most terrible incidents of bloodshed and violence in history. But God keeps His promises and in 1948 Israel declared its independence as a separate country and brought back many of its people. In 1967 during the six day war Israel took back all of the city of Jerusalem. In 1980 Israel declared Jerusalem to be the capital, since it was complete and unified. But all of this is only part of the promises; for God also promised the coming of the Kingdom of Christ. It is a promise we can all hold onto. It is a promise of hope because just as the other promises were fulfilled, Christ will come and reign. Praise God that He is a God who keeps His promises. Praise Him for the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ. Praise Him for the events yet to take place that He has already foretold.