Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah, was a prophet from the priestly town of Anathoth and perhaps was descended from Abiathar. The meaning of his name is uncertain, but "Yahweh Exalts" and "Yahweh Throws" are possibilities. More is known about the personal life of this prophet than any other in the Old Testament because he has given us so many glimpses into his thinking, concerns and frustrations. Written from 626 to 586 B.C.
Jeremiah contrasted the person who experiences barrenness (vv. 5, 6) with the one who receives blessing
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters and that spreadeth out her roots by the river and shall not see when heat cometh but her leaf shall be green and shall not be careful in the year of drought neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
This assured God’s intentions to bring about blessing in Israel’s future.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you saith the Lord thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end Then shall ye call upon me and ye shall go and pray unto me and I will hearken unto you And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
I will restore health to you and heal you.
For I will restore health unto thee and I will heal thee of thy wounds saith the Lord because they called thee an Outcast saying This is Zion whom no man seeketh after.
The Lord’s blessings will result in joy for all classes of people—men and women, young and old alike. “Mourning” will be transformed into "gladness," and "sorrow" into "comfort and joy."
Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance both young men and old together for I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
I will bring health and healing.
Behold I will bring it health and cure and I will cure them and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
No matter how many promises are made, they are yes and amen in Christ. Keep in mind that Christ has fulfilled the Law for righteousness and you are in him. His faithfulness qualifies you for any and all promises, not your ability to keep the Law or remain faithful. Now it's up to you to believe in your heart that you are in Him and He is your righteousness. Remember that you are a joint-heir with Jesus as you read thru these Old Testament promises.
These promises are all from God. Some are for a specific time, some for specific purpose, some for specific people and others are for everyone. So, as you read these, invite the Holy Spirit to show you how these promises reveal His character, purpose, plan and hope for your life and all those who are in Christ.
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