Scholars and commentators on the book of Jeremiah typically identify chapters 30 through 33 as “The Book of Consolation” because of its dominant themes of hope and comfort after prolonged messages of judgment. Chapter 30 contains explicit promises of restoration from the Lord, and Jeremiah was instructed to write these words down for posterity.
What would this time of restoration be like? All of the numerous themes involve both reversal and renewal. First, the yoke of their oppression would be broken. Judah would no longer be enslaved, and the oppressors themselves would be punished by God. Naturally, there would also be a return to the land first promised to Abraham. With that return, God promised to replace pain and fear with peace and security. The people would rebuild their land and restore their cities. What seemed like an incurable wound would in fact be healed by God Himself. In turn, there would be “songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing” (v. 19). Their dark situation of exile, loss, defeat, and devastation would be reversed in dramatic ways.
God’s promises in chapter 30 also entailed renewal, particularly the people’s renewed relationship with God Himself. God’s very presence made it all possible: “I am with you and will save you” (v. 11). Likewise, Jeremiah’s message declared that
instead of serving a foreign ruler, God’s people would “serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them” (v. 9). And their leader would have an intimate relationship with God so that in the end it would be said of them all: “So you will be my people, and I will be your God” (v. 22). At the heart of God’s renewal was God’s own presence and a restoration of true relationship with Him.
Apply the Word
God instructed Jeremiah to write His message down, probably so His people could return to it for assurance of God’s consolation. We can do the same to remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness. Choose a verse from today’s reading or some other passage of Scripture on this topic. Dwell on these verses and let God minister to you through His eternal Word.