Through the Old Testament in a Year

Today's Reading – Jeremiah 33:2-22 – An unbreakable covenant

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

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Today's reading speaks of God's judgment on Jerusalem; it will become "a desolate waste without people or animals" (v.10). Yet beyond judgment, the Lord will come to rescue his people. If they will only call out to him, he will answer them, "and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (v.3). The Lord will forgive their sin and restore them to their land. There will be the sounds of wedding celebrations in the streets, and in the temple God's people will again praise him singing:

Give thanks to the LORD Almighty,
    for the LORD is good;
    his love endures for ever. (v.11)

"The days are coming," when the Lord will fulfil the promises he made to his people:

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.
In those days Judah will be saved
    and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
    The LORD Our Righteous Saviour. (vv.15-16)

The covenant which the Lord made with David can no more be broken than day and night can fail to follow one another; God is in sovereign control of both (vv. 19-22).

The line of the Davidic kings will shortly be cut off as the nation and its kings are taken into exile. But, says the Lord, the day will come when a new king will arise from David's line. He will not be like any of the compromising and fallible kings that Israel and Judah have experienced thus far. He will be entirely faithful to God and will do what is just and right. He will bring safety and security to his people. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom.

The Lord Jesus alone fulfils these ancient promises. He is not only God's anointed king, his Messiah, he is also the one who offered himself as a full and final sacrifice for all our sins. He is now our Great High Priest in the heavens who ever lives to intercede for us and guarantee our salvation and security. He is God's answer to our cry; we have called upon the name of the Lord and he has answered us and told us great and unsearchable things of which we were quite ignorant.

The apostle Paul quotes Isaiah 64 when he says:

it is written:

‘What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived’ –
    the things God has prepared for those who love him –

these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

In the Lord Jesus, God has shown us his undeserved mercy; he is our "Righteous Saviour". And in him God has revealed to us the unimaginable greatness of the blessings that are ours, and shall be ours – unsearchable things we did not know. These things he continues to reveal to our hearts by his Spirit at work within us: "We have received … the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us" (1 Cor. 2:12).

Gracious God, we stand in awe at all you have done for the salvation of the world in the Lord Jesus. By your Spirit at work within us, show us more of your amazing grace and surpassing glory. Help us then, by that same Spirit, to declare the glories of your salvation to all who have ears to hear.

Peter Misselbrook