He equated this with the covenant He made with the way night and day have been set in motion.
Jeremiah 33:19 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 20 “This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne.
If we recall, God had told Jeremiah about restoration starting in Jeremiah 30 and the same was again mentioned in chapter 32 when he was held captive in the courtyard. But in the most unexpected turn of events, prophet Jeremiah was instructed by God to acquire a piece of land complete with a contract signed in the presence of witnesses. Now imagine for one second, if we were placed under arrest, would we be given such a privilege and convenience to even buy, say a pillow to sleep on from a visiting vendor? Quite unlikely.
So in a demonstration of God’s mighty plan to save His people, He continued relaying the message of salvation in Jeremiah 33 by comparing His commitment to the covenant He has with how the natural events of night and day were induced to occur repeatedly for thousands of years. In the same breath, He also promised healing of the land and the return of His rejuvenated children after they have been taught the right way to worship and pray to Him in a newly established relationship with Him.
6 “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. 7 I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. 8 I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. 9 Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’
Hence in this context, when God has healed the land, so will His people.
In Jeremiah 33, the Lord also went as far as informing the prophet that out of David’s lineage, a righteous Branch will be chosen. Today, we know this righteous Branch to be Jesus Christ and we cannot deny that out of the billions who have lived on earth until now, only Jesus Christ our Saviour is the one who stood righteous without sin. Although He was God himself, He led a life of man and assimilated all that a man experiences. He remained steadfast in worshipping the Lord in troubled times including when temptation was extended to Him by the devil.
15 “‘In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’
To further convince His people of the restoration agenda, He pointed out that the lineages of David and the Levites will number into abundance. That is as many as the stars we can see with our eyes and as innumerable as the sand on the seashore. To this startling statement, I can only infer this to us His followers who have been called to serve as His ministers where we ourselves are to also minister those around us. But could this be what the Lord was saying?
22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’”
In whichever way we may look at this verse, one thing juts out quite clearly and that is divine restoration according to God’s plan was already on the cards. Signs of what were to come also conveyed by God so as to prove how great the future will be. Events that mark great and happy beginnings were not left out as God read out His plan to Jeremiah such as the holy unions of weddings and a thriving economy where the shepherds will once again grace the land with farm animals.
From where these seeds are planted, I believe this is where multiplication will happen because it is only when people are united in holy matrimonies and when farm animals are permitted to reproduce will there be descendants to the subsequent generations and sources of food to sustain the inhabitants of the land. To this, I believe the Lord was restoring Jerusalem and Judah back to its basics first before real reproduction for the next generation can take place.
11 the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying,
“Give thanks to the Lord Almighty,
for the Lord is good;
his love endures forever.”
For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,’ says the Lord.
12 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In this place, desolate and without people or animals—in all its towns there will again be pastures for shepherds to rest their flocks.
If we look at this closely, the people of this ancient time were promised restoration by God despite being shrouded with fear and anxiety from the army of Nebuchadnezzar and just like wartime anarchy, we also know that in the most extreme cases, people will perish under barbaric acts of men. From total destruction of towns to blood-filled streets, the sights could be more gory than a horror movie. But it was through and under such deplorable circumstances that God stood out to voice His confirmation about restoration for His people. If we take this message and frame it under our frightening Covid-19 season in 2020, should we not carry the same kind of faith in the Lord as the chosen people had experienced in Jeremiah 33?
I’d say without a hint of a doubt that we should also believe God for the same kind of restoration for us.
Whilst I say this, let us also petition God to bring the kind of restored order and livable structures to our lives that can only be broken if we possess the same capacity that can enable God to break His covenant with night and day. Because when our commitment is undergirded with such an unbreakable covenant, I dare say our hearts and soul will also be brought back to the most fundamental posture we were designed for and that is to worship Him first as our God and Saviour, followed closely by everything else falling into place quite nicely like life, livelihood, love, reproduction, economics, science, medical, growth and so on.
But if we are stubborn and refuse to change our ways amidst a pandemic disease like Covid-19, then we leave ourselves exposed and wanting, deceiving ourselves that only our humanly ways can save us. When such deception takes root, I’m afraid we may inherit not restoration but an entrapment that will see us cornered and enslaved by the things that will perish on earth and not by those that will never expire in heaven.
Let’s believe God for His restoration and let’s ask God to heal our land including the places that have seen thousands falling ill and into their deaths because of Covid-19 (originally written on 9 April 2020). Let’s ask God to pray for us and bring the kind of healing and restoration promised in the days of Jeremiah. Let us also not wavered from this episode but arise with a giant belief in Him that we will come to see a day when our lives will be restored again.
There's a certain fragrance in the air. I do not know where it comes from. But if this is how restoration smells like, then it is a sign that the Lord is beginning to restore our land and heal the sick.
I pray that God will bring the kind of restoration He has promised in Jeremiah 33 to us, for you, for me and for all those who are here on earth right now, in the beautiful name of Jesus Christ I ask and pray, Amen!