God's Promise Prevails
Day: 50 | Plan: Great and Hidden Things
Today's Reading: Jeremiah 52
Jeremiah 52:33 (ESV) "So Jehoiachin put off his prison garments. And every day of his life he dined regularly at the king's table."
As we come to the end of Jeremiah, instead of a people humbled, willing to listen to God and obey Him, we find the hopeless ending to the people of God's story:
— On the day the nation of Israel passed over the Jordan River on dry ground and positioned itself to take possession of the Promised Land, (Joshua 3-4) surely they never dreamed of the day when her enemies would carry her away into captivity. (Jeremiah 52:28-30)
— When their trumpets sounded and voices shouted and the walls of Jericho crumbled, (Joshua 6) Israel couldn't have imagined this would also be the place of her final defeat. (Jeremiah 52:8-11)
— When King Solomon stood before Israel and spread out his hands to worship the Lord and the glory of God filled the temple, (1 Kings 8) certainly they didn't believe this same place would one day lie broken and burned. (Jeremiah 52:13, 17-23)
From the beginning of time, God had a plan to bring all people to Himself. (Romans 5:12-21, Ephesians 1:9-10, John 12:32) When Adam and Eve's sin drove them out of the Garden of Eden, (Genesis 3:24) when Israel's sin cast them out of the Promised Land, (Jeremiah 52:3) and when our sin nailed Jesus to the cross, (Ephesians 5:2) God's promise still prevailed.
After recording 30 verses of defeat and destruction, the final 4 verses of chapter 50 — and the end to the entire book of Jeremiah — create a picture of grace, kindness and hope.
King Jehoiachin, who reigned only 3 months in Jerusalem before surrendering to the Babylonians, (2 Kings 24:8-12) is "graciously freed … and brought out of prison" (Jeremiah 52:31). We're given no explanation for why the new Babylonian king looked kindly on Jehoiachin. There's not even any mention of repentance from Jehoiachin. But like a ray of sunshine shooting through the gap in a storm cloud, God's promise emerged.
God had promised His people a coming Messiah. (Genesis 49:10) One who would bring peace and establish justice and righteousness. (Isaiah 9:6-7) This Messiah would come through the line and lineage of David, (2 Samuel 7:12) and it would be Jehoiachin through whom God continued this line to Christ. (Matthew 1:11-12)
Maybe your life doesn't look like you imagined it, or maybe it's the life of a loved one that lies in shambles. God's promise prevails even in the most broken places and His faithfulness writes the end of the story for His people.
Just as Jehoiachin put off his prison clothes and dined at the table of the earthly Babylonian king, (Jeremiah 52:31-34) God invites us to put off our old self (Ephesians 4:22-24) and invites us to join Him one day soon at His table for a feast with our Savior, Jesus. (Revelation 19:6-9)
Prayer: Dear God, today I turn my eyes to You. As I look away from the shambles of sin that surrounds me, Your faithfulness gives me hope. "Thank You" doesn't seem like enough as I consider Your invitation to trade my wretched clothes of sin and shame for an untarnished, new nature in Christ. Help me daily to put off my old self and walk in new life, holy and pleasing to You. In Jesus' name, amen.
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