Jeremiah 16 … Consider Him Who Will Make His Name Known

“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—
This time I will make them know
My power and My might;
And they shall know that My name is the Lord,”
(16:21).

Well, if you’re like me, today probably left you reeling. It is a gruesome picture that is painted; and somehow I was carried back in time to when I was very young. In the early sixties, numerous films were produced with the backdrop of World War II as their setting. And black and white films from the fifties, of this same genre, were often aired on one of our three television channels.

The images of a war-torn countryside, with bodies littered across the barren, charred ground, stayed in my head; and as a little girl, I was overcome by fear, obsessed with the possibility of war coming to my own country.

And today, the prophetic images described are graphic, and I confess, this was not a place I wanted to stay. The picture of desolation sweeping through the land brought the same sense of terror I experienced as a child. And my heart ached at the thought of such tremendous destruction and devastation, at such suffering and sorrow. But the Lord commanded His spokesman to not even grieve for there would be no consoling these people, no peace, no kindness, no compassion offered.

For thus says the Lord, “Do not enter a house of mourning, or go to lament or to console them; for I have withdrawn My peace from this people,” declares the Lord, “My lovingkindness and compassion, (16:5).

And that only adds to the horror. Why so seemingly heartless? How can one possibly not mourn over such tragedy? No question that Jeremiah is a hard book filled with hard words and even harder realities. And we are confronted with His wrath and faced with the destruction and devastation, the suffering and sorrow that will always follow sin, hard words and even harder realities.

And what’s even more appalling than the prophecies of their downfall and ruination is that they were seemingly oblivious to the cause of their condition. They had forsaken their God to follow and serve and worship the gods of the nations.

“Now when you tell this people all these words, they will say to you, ‘For what reason has the Lord declared all this great calamity against us? And what is our iniquity, or what is our sin which we have committed against the Lord our God?’ 11 Then you are to say to them, ‘It is because your forefathers have forsaken Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and have followed other gods and served them and bowed down to them; but Me they have forsaken and have not kept My law.’ 12 You too have done evil, even more than your forefathers; for behold, you are each one walking according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart, without listening to Me,” (16:10-12).

And in their forsaking of God, they were forsaking the favor of His Presence, His Provision and His Protection.

“So I will hurl you out of this land into the land which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will grant you no favor,” (16:13).

And in the absence of His favor, the days ahead would be far worse than the days of their bondage in Egypt. But even in this terrifying truth of what was coming, there was still His promise that restoration would come.

“Therefore behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ 15 but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.’ For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers,” (16:14-15).

This time, when He brought rescue and restoration, things would be different. This time, none would remain in a place of oblivion, for this time He was going to make them know.

“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—
This time I will make them know
My power and My might;
And they shall know that My name is the Lord.”
(16:21).

Consider Him Who Will Make His Name Known

Jeremiah knew Him, and as unbelievable as it is, His desire is that we know Him too. Here is His glorious promise: He Will Make His Name Known, and this time, things will be different.

At the end of seventy years, many exiles would return to their homeland, but many would still be dispersed, and the land would continue to remain under the control of numerous empires until 1948. His ultimate restoration will not materialize until God restores to perfection all those who have placed their faith in Christ, and this time, we will be brought to the place where we will Know Him fully.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known, (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Until that time, if we have been born again, things will be different as He Will Make His Name Known to us through the spiritual understanding He imparts in His Holy Spirit and His Holy Word.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words, (1 Corinthians 2:12-13).

His Name reveals Who He Is and His Word is all about Him. And because He is infinite, we can study His Word every day until our last breath and still not scratch the surface of His deep spiritual truths.

But for today, from what the Lord spoke to Jeremiah, as well as from Jeremiah’s prayer, we can glean truths of Who He Is through His Name that He Will Make Known.

O Lord, my strength and my stronghold,
And my refuge in the day of distress,
To You the nations will come
From the ends of the earth and say,
“Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood,
Futility and things of no profit.”
20 Can man make gods for himself?
Yet they are not gods!
21 “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—
This time I will make them know
My power and My might;
And they shall know that My name is the Lord,”
(16:19-21).

And when we have been saved by His grace through faith, He Will Make His Name Known in Jesus, that we may Know Him as He Is.

  • He Will Make His Name Known as our Savior
    O Lord, my strength and my stronghold,
    And my refuge in the day of distress…

    • From the descendants of this man [David], according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, (Acts 13:23).
  • He Will Make His Name Known as the Truth
    …Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood…

    • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).
  • He Will Make His Name Known as our Rich Inheritance
    “Our fathers have inherited …Futility and things of no profit.”

    • I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18).
  • He Will Make His Name Known as the Uncreated Creator
    Can man make gods for himself?
    Yet they are not gods!

    • For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together, (Colossians 1:16-17).
  • He Will Make His Name Known in His Mystery Revealed
    “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—”

    • that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory, (Colossians 1:26-27).
  • He Will Make His Name Known through His Power and Might
    “This time I will make them know
    My power and My might;”

    • and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come, (Ephesians 1:19-21).
  • He Will Make His Name Known as Yahweh, the One Who Was, Who Is, and Who Will Always Be
    “And they shall know that My name is the Lord.”

    • The Revelation of Jesus Christ…“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty,” (Revelation 1:1, 8).

How do we respond to Him Who Will Make His Name Known?

The day is coming when every knee will bow, every tongue will confess, and every human being will Know His Name… the Lord Jesus Christ.

so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, (Philippians 2:10-11).

At that point, it will be too late and the opportunity to choose to bow in surrendered faith will have passed.

Those who have trusted in His payment for their sins on the cross will Know His Name as Jesus Who Is Savior, the Truth, Our Rich Inheritance, the Uncreated Creator, God’s Mystery Revealed, Power and Might, and the One Who Was, Who Is, and Who Will Always Be.

But the hard words and the harder reality is this: those who refuse Him will know Him as the One Who Will Hurl them from His Presence to a place devoid of His Favor, to an eternal  war-torn, barren, and charred existence. And it is a horrifically terrifying prospect; one God graphically describes that we would become obsessed with His way out. But the other graphic reality is this, choosing to forsake God is choosing to forsake the Favor He grants in His Presence, His Provision and His Protection through Jesus Christ.

“So I will hurl you out of this land into the land which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will grant you no favor,” (16:13).

Please don’t let another day pass without bowing in faith to Him Who Has Made His Name Known. His Name Is Jesus, and there is salvation in no one else.

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved, (Acts 4:12).

And if we have come into relationship with Holy God through faith in the Name of Jesus, let us commit to live with unceasing gratitude for His Favor, that we would become His vessel filled with thanksgiving and praise, that He might use us to Make His Name Known among the peoples.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders,
(Psalm 105:1-2).

Let’s Grow Together!

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