Kittredge Community Bible Church
10 AM - November 7
  • Psalm 29:1-2
  • I Am Praying for You
  • It Took A Miracle
  • Doxology
  • Passover and the Last Supper
      • Jeremiah 30:18CSB

      • Jeremiah 30:19CSB

      • Jeremiah 31:4CSB

      • Jeremiah 31:5CSB

      • Jeremiah 30:20CSB

      • Jeremiah 30:23–24CSB

      • Jeremiah 31:1CSB

      • Jeremiah 31:6CSB

      • Acts 2:47CSB

      • Matthew 5:14CSB

      • Jeremiah 30:21CSB

      • Hebrews 10:21–22CSB

      • Jeremiah 30:22CSB

      • Jeremiah 31:1–2CSB

      • Jeremiah 31:3CSB

      • Revelation 21:2–3CSB

  • Rise Up, O Church of God
  • Jude 24-25
  • [Jeremiah 30:18-31:6]
    Many of us are familiar with what it’s like to be in a dangerous part of town. There’s graffiti on the walls, empty liquor bottles lying around, lots of trash, screeching tires, sirens, and just a strong sense of “I shouldn’t be here.”
    For many of us the last place on earth we want to be is in the city and while we can see the need for them to be restored, we’d just assume they be done away with altogether. But that’s not God’s plan.
    In the late 80’s I went to Jerusalem and while I felt safe enough most of the time there where a few times when we felt like we’d turned the wrong corner and needed to leave.
    I don’t know if you realize it but Israel is one of the greatest hotbeds of persecution against Christians in the world. Baptist churches have been burned. Christians are regularly spit upon at the Jaffa gate by ultra orthodox Jews and sometimes violently attacked. In Jerusalem, even though it’s relatively safe if you’re with a group, there are some places Christians just don’t go.
    Jerusalem needs to be restored and thankfully that’s God’s plan. Here’s what’s going to happen to Jerusalem...
    Revelation 21:2–3 CSB
    I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God.
    Jerusalem is going to be transformed from a city that hates Jesus to one that loves him as a faithful wife loves her husband. When Jesus returns he’s bringing with him a new Jerusalem, a beautiful city filled with his people. We will be his people and he will be our God. That’s what this section is all about.
    It’s about...
    Urban Renewal
    Jeremiah 30:18 CSB
    This is what the Lord says: I will certainly restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents and show compassion on his dwellings. Every city will be rebuilt on its mound; every citadel will stand on its proper site.
    The point is that God cares about about all the details of his people — even where they live. Whether they live in a tent or some other kind of dwelling, God’s plan is to give all his people a beautifully restored home. When a city was rebuilt in ancient times they didn’t completely start over, they built on top of the old city — the mound is called a “tell” in Hebrew.
    See, God’s not interested in completely destroying cities but in restoring them. He’s going to take what’s broken and fix it. And this urban renewal will usher in a time of great joy, of multiplication, and honor. Jer 30:19 says...
    Jeremiah 30:19 CSB
    Thanksgiving will come out of them, a sound of rejoicing. I will multiply them, and they will not decrease; I will honor them, and they will not be insignificant.
    God’s people will thrive in their new home and they will increase in number. The cities will no longer be places of persecution or sadness, but places of celebration and thanksgiving.
    And these will not be “insignificant” places but places of great honor. The word “insignificant” literally means “to be lowly” in other words, after God restores the cities no one will look down on them again. God himself will honor the cities and so everyone will honor them.
    Jeremiah 31:4 CSB
    Again I will build you so that you will be rebuilt, Virgin Israel. You will take up your tambourines again and go out in joyful dancing.
    The cities will be rebuilt and the people in them will be pure. They won’t be places of idolatry or of literal or spiritual prostitution. Imagine a city where every event, every celebration, every grand display is done for the glory of God. That will be quite a place.
    And the renewal doesn’t stop with the city. The glory of the city will spread out into the countryside.
    Jeremiah 31:5 CSB
    You will plant vineyards again on the mountains of Samaria; the planters will plant and will enjoy the fruit.
    Now Samaria was the capital city of the northern kingdom but it was also a geographical region which is the main idea here. And as a partial fulfilment of this verse Jesus went into Samaria, talked talked with the women at the well, who then shared the good news with everyone who would listen.
    The point is that the blessings of God are going to spread and the fruit is going to last. It takes time for vineyards to yield fruit but God’s peace is going to spread beyond the cities until the whole earth is redeemed.
    Some of us remember safer times when the children could play peacefully in our neighborhoods without our parents being afraid. Those kind of times are going to return but they will be even better than we remember.
    Jeremiah 30:20 CSB
    His children will be as in past days; his congregation will be established in my presence. I will punish all his oppressors.
    With God ensuring the safety of our children by punishing the oppressors we will have no fear no matter where we live. In the past, as good as those days may have been for some of us, accidents still happened and people were still victims of awful crimes. But with God, himself, watching over his congregation, his children, we will be completely safe.
    Jeremiah 30:23–24 CSB
    Look, a storm from the Lord! Wrath has gone out, a churning storm. It will whirl about the heads of the wicked. The Lord’s burning anger will not turn back until he has completely fulfilled the purposes of his heart. In time to come you will understand it.
    This storm isn’t directed toward God’s people but toward those who resist him. And those that want to mess around in God’s town better watch out. There won’t be any gangs or criminals because God, himself, is going to take a decisive role in protecting his people.
    Jeremiah 31:1 CSB
    “At that time”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.”
    The phrase “at that time” means these promises have a future fulfilment. There was a partial fulfilment when Northern and Southern Israel kingdoms were “reunited” after the exile geographically but not socially. During the time of Christ they still weren't getting along very well. Those in Samaria were second-class Jews. So the time when all the families of Israel will be united in worshiping God still lies ahead.
    Jeremiah 31:6 CSB
    For there will be a day when watchmen will call out in the hill country of Ephraim, “Come, let’s go up to Zion, to the Lord our God!”
    There’s nothing worse than a policeman or a watchman leaving his post but “at that time” there won’t be a need for anyone to keep watch over the cities. Hired security and policemen won’t exist because God, himself, will be keeping watch freeing up everyone to go to Jerusalem and join in the celebration.
    Today, in cities around the world, churches have to have lookouts watching out for those who would cause disruptions. When Breana and I went to Uganda our group hired an armed guard to to keep watch while we slept. That won’t be needed anymore because all the families of Israel will be God’s people.
    These passages are a great encouragement for all of God’s people but especially for those in places where persecution is greatest. No one will have to hire armed guards or be worried about being spat on again.
    This is a message for the Church
    Some might rightly ask, “But aren’t these promises primarily about the nation of Israel?” Well, these prophecies were partly fulfilled when Nehemiah rebuilt the wall and restored much of Jerusalem. For example, in Nehemiah 3-8 it says God’s people were protected from their enemies and his people prospered. They even stopped worshipping idols and gave thanks to God.
    But this fulfillment was only a temporary time of blessing. Nehemiah didn’t serve as a king but as a governor. A king from the line of David didn’t reign during the days of Nehemiah and eventually, Israel rebelled again and came under the control of foreigners.
    So there’s also a future fulfilment that Jeremiah is writing about. He’s writing of a time when Jesus would come to earth as the ultimate king to die for his people and then be resurrected. And after his resurrection, he would continue to build his city, his kingdom, through his church.
    So the ultimate fulfillment of these promises are for those who trust in Jesus, for the bride of Christ. They are not for Jews who reject Jesus Christ as Savior. They are for Jews and Gentiles who trust in Jesus. It’s for the church.
    Jeremiah goes on to speak of a time when God’s people will multiply (Jer 30:19) which was partially fulfilled when the physical people of Israel returned to their land but more importantly is being fulfilled now through the multiplication that began in Acts 2:47. The church was...
    Acts 2:47 (CSB)
    praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
    And everyday the Lord is still adding to our numbers. Everywhere that Christians are being saved to glorify God by loving their neighbors, even their enemies, God’s city is being established.
    It’s like it says in...
    Matthew 5:14 CSB
    “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.
    The restoration of Jerusalem should cause us to focus on the restoration of the church. God’s church is the city on a hill that can’t be hidden. Of course this restoration isn’t going to happen by our own efforts. None of this is going to happen without Jesus Christ.
    This is a Messianic Prophecy
    Jeremiah 30:21 CSB
    Jacob’s leader will be one of them; his ruler will issue from him. I will invite him to me, and he will approach me, for who would otherwise risk his life to approach me? This is the Lord’s declaration.
    The leader who makes the restoration of God’s city possible is a member of the ruling class. The word “leader” literally means prince or ruler. This ruler isn’t an outsider. He’s one of us. He’s a full-blooded native and that’s who Jesus is. Jesus is fully God who became fully man. He’s one of us.
    He lived among us and died among us. He became hungry and tired. He was tempted with the same temptations we have, but without sin (Heb 4:15). He’s one of us.
    Jeremiah also described this leader as one who is able to approach God without losing his life. The high priest was only invited to to come near to God once a year but Jesus the ultimate high priest is always close to God. In fact he is so close he says in John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”
    It’s interesting that the phrase “risk his life to approach me” can also be translated “devoted his heart to approach me” with the idea being that no human has a heart worthy enough to approach God. Not even David who was a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam 13:14) was allowed in the holy of holies. But Jesus’ can approach God because his heart is perfectly devoted to his Father. No one is more devoted and obedient to the Father than Jesus Christ. And Jesus is the Messiah that Jeremiah is talking about.
    And as a result we can rest assured as it says in Hebrews 10...
    Hebrews 10:21–22 CSB
    and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.
    See, because Jesus is near to God we can also draw near to God. Another way to say this is...
    We will be God’s people
    Since the creation of people it has been God’s plan to have a close relationship with us.
    Since the days of Abraham and Moses and moving on into the days of the prophets God continually repeated his covenant promise to be our God and for us to be his people. It appears over 40 times in the Old Testament and in Jeremiah 30:22...
    Jeremiah 30:22 CSB
    You will be my people, and I will be your God.
    This promise is partly fulfilled in the physical people of Israel but it is only completely fulfilled in those who trust in Jesus for salvation. Those who reject Jesus Christ, whether they be Jewish or not, will not be God’s people in any eternal sense.
    In Romans 11:25 Paul speaks of the mystery of Israel’s salvation and says that all Israel will be saved. What that means exactly I don’t know for sure. Does it mean that every Jewish person who’s ever lived will be saved? I hope so but I’m not sure. But I’m absolutely sure that they won’t be saved apart from faith in Christ.
    And for those who trust in Christ God’s covenant has an everlasting promise.
    Jeremiah 31:1–2 CSB
    “At that time”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.” This is what the Lord says: The people who survived the sword found favor in the wilderness. When Israel went to find rest,
    There are two parts to this promise— a past and a future. In the past God gave a measure of peace to those who survived the sword. He protected them in the wilderness as they journeyed to the promised land and he protected them in many other ways, too. But there is a future meaning as well. “At that time” in the future God will once again be God to his people for all eternity.
    Speaking to Israel in Jeremiah 31:3 it says...
    Jeremiah 31:3 CSB
    the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.
    God’s covenant love is an eternal everlasting love. When God makes a promise he keeps it. This unbreakable promise comes not as a result of our obedience but from the blood-bought sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. So for the sake of Jesus, God will never let his people go. He promises to love us with an everlasting love. The promise he makes amounts to an unbreakable marriage vow.
    So let’s end where we started in Revelation chapter 21...
    Revelation 21:2–3 CSB
    I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God.
    God is preparing a holy city for his bride to live in. It’s called the new Jerusalem. In fact I think we could say we are the new Jerusalem as we will be the inhabitants of this glorious city. When the new Jerusalem comes down out of heaven God will fully establish his relationship with us. All of God’s people will receive all the blessings of his eternal love. God himself will be our God and we will be his people, for all eternity.

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