(26 verses, 4:45 to read)
What I am about to READ
- This chapter has two sections. In the first (33:1-13), the LORD promises to re-establish Jerusalem after the exile. In the second (33:14-26) the Lord promises to send the Messiah, and assures the people that His coming is as sure as night and day.
Here’s a more detailed outline with a few comments:
- 33:1-9, Jeremiah is still in prison, and Jerusalem is still besieged by the Babylonians, but the Lord here promises that the city will be rebuilt. Imagine it! Jeremiah preaches that they houses that are destroyed will again stand. He preaches joy in the midst of extreme trouble.
- 33:10-11, the promise of restoration is continued, with the picture of a marriage, and the bridegroom and bride singing the Lord’s hymn of Praise.
- 33:12-13, the promise of restoration is expanded beyond Jerusalem to the countryside and villages around it. The wasteland will be a pasture for sheep.
- 33:14-16: Here the promises and preaching of the Messiah is repeated. Compare Jeremiah 23:5-6. Jesus is again given the title “The LORD Our Righteousness.” This name is a beautiful preaching of the Gospel. We are not our own righteousness, Christ is our righteousness, which we have by faith (see 2 Corinthians 5:21).
- 33:17-18, the promises to David and the priests are here repeated. The Messiah would be from David, and the priesthood would continue forever. (This continual priesthood, Hebrews reminds us, is through Jesus’ inheriting the office of Melchizedek.)
- 33:19-26, the Lord reassures Jeremiah and the people that this promise is as sure as night and day. If you can stop the sun, you can stop the promise. In other words, this promise is sure.
- The hymn of the bridegroom and bride, “Of give thank to the Lord, for He is good,” is the basic hymn of praise in the Scriptures. See 1 Chronicles 16:8, 34, 2 Chronicles 5:13, 7:3, 20:21, Ezra 3:11, Psalm 106:1, 107:1, 118:1–4, and 136:1–26.
- In 33:15 Jesus is called the “Righteous Branch.” This Messianic title comes from Isaiah and runs through the prophets. Consider the following verses: Jeremiah 23:5, 6, Isaiah 4:2, 11:1–5, 53:2, Ezekiel 17:22, 23, and Zechariah 3:8, 6:12, 13. The picture is of the shoot that grows from the stump of a tree that has been cut down. Jerusalem will be destroyed, but all hope is not lost; a shoot will grow where there was once a tree.
- There are plenty of promises to meditate on in this chapter. Perhaps you might consider reading all the places where the hymn of praise is found (see the first bullet under “LEARN”).
- Alos consider the circumstances of this promise (Jeremiah 32:1-5). Jeremiah is in jail, the city is under siege. He is preaching hope where there is nothing but suffering and darkness. The Lord’s word always does this: it brings life and hope where there is despair.
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