Jeremiah 30 … Consider Him Who Cures the Incurable

“For thus says the Lord,
‘Your wound is incurable
And your injury is serious,’”
(30:12).

It doesn’t sound good; the prognosis is fatal. God’s people are suffering from an Incurable wound. And as if to rub salt in the wound, they are slapped in the face with the harsh truth: it’s their own fault. And it almost feels heartless as God halts them with the fact that there is no use crying about it for they have brought it all on themselves. God had given them exactly what they asked for.

“Why do you cry out over your injury?
Your pain is incurable.
Because your iniquity is great
And your sins are numerous,
I have done these things to you,”
(30:15).

Twice we hear God tell them their condition was utterly Incurable. Their wound and their pain were Incurable because the disease of sin that is always against Holy God is deadly. And if these were the only two things God had pointed out about the terminally wretched state of His people, He would have been justified when He spoke.

Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge,
(Psalm 51:4).

And if He had chosen to stop with His pronouncement on their Incurable condition, had stopped at His judgment, He would have remained blameless; and His people would have remained hopeless. But God spoke of that which is Incurable in light of what He had promised. And to make sure none would be left wondering, to make sure none would lose hope, He instructed Jeremiah to write down everything He had spoken in a book.

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book. For behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah.’ The Lord says, ‘I will also bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers and they shall possess it,’” (30:1-3).

And this time, if they were listening, the first words they would have heard were His promise of redemption and restoration. And who else could do such a thing? And who else would?

Once again, Scripture points to the intent of God’s heart in His plan of redemption through the One He would send. And while it didn’t all make sense, if they would place their faith in His promise, in the last days there would be understanding when the perfect sinless Lamb of God would come to bear the fierce wrath of God and take away the sins of the world for all who would believe and place their faith in Him Who Cures the Incurable.

The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has performed and until He has accomplished
The intent of His heart;
In the latter days you will understand this,
(30:24).

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him,” (John 3:36).

God definitely does not mince words as He expounds on their Incurable condition.

“‘There is no one to plead your cause;
No healing for your sore,
No recovery for you.
14 ‘All your lovers have forgotten you,
They do not seek you;
For I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy,
With the punishment of a cruel one,
Because your iniquity is great
And your sins are numerous,’”
(30:13-14).

You can almost hear Him tell them to look around and consider everything they had trusted, and to come to grips with the fact that everything else they had put their faith in was not coming to their rescue. It’s a bleak picture of an Incurable people left without help or hope, well, at least in what they had been looking to for help and hope.

And the contrast is undeniable. Only God can help, only God brings hope. Only God Cures the Incurable.

Consider Him Who Cures the Incurable

Though His judgment came as fierce as a ruthless enemy, His judgment was righteous and just and deserved; their iniquity was great and their sins numerous.

“…For I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy,
With the punishment of a cruel one,
Because your iniquity is great
And your sins are numerous,”
(30:14).

Oh, but in His punishment, He reveals His grace, His compassion, and His mercy. For under His hand of judgment, in this miserable place they now found themselves, subjugated to a life of desolate doom as outcasts without hope and with no one who cared, this was the place where they would understand that their condition was Incurable, this was the place where they would understand their need for Him, the Only One Who was able to bring hope and help, this was the place they might turn and listen to Him Who Cures the Incurable.

“‘For I will restore you to health
And I will heal you of your wounds,’ declares the Lord,
‘Because they have called you an outcast, saying:
“It is Zion; no one cares for her,”’
(30:17).

As Almighty God described how His people had been completely deserted, left alone and forgotten by their many lovers, with none who were able to bring any relief, He was once again calling them to look to His Promise of the One Who would come to Cure the Incurable.

  • While He will punish sin, and it will be anything but pleasant, He is our Advocate Who pleads our cause to redeem and revive the Incurable.
    “There is no one to plead your cause…” (30:13).

    • Plead my cause and redeem me;
      Revive me according to Your word.
      155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
      For they do not seek Your statutes.
      156 Great are Your mercies, O Lord;
      Revive me according to Your ordinances,
      (Psalm 119:154).

      • My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; (1 John 2:1).
  • And none but Jesus can Cure the Incurable, He alone is our Healer Who brings healing and recovery through His wounds suffered for us on the cross.
    “…No healing for your sore,
    No recovery for you,
    (30:13).

    • But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
      He was crushed for our iniquities;
      The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
      And by His scourging we are healed,
      (Isaiah 53:5).

      • and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls, (1 Peter 2:24-25).
  • And while everyone else may forsake us, He Who Cures the Incurable will never forget or desert us.
    “All your lovers have forgotten you…” (30:14).

    • But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
      And the Lord has forgotten me.”
      15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child
      And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
      Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
      16 “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
      Your walls are continually before Me,
      (Isaiah 49:14-16).

      • …for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5).
  • And while others put themselves first so as to seek their own well-being, the intent of His heart was revealed as He came to seek us that we would be saved, for He Cures the Incurable.
    “…They do not seek you…” (30:14).

    • “For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out,” (Ezekiel 34:11).
      • “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost,” (Luke 19:10).

How do we respond to Him Who Cures the Incurable?

We live in a time when the attempts to water down the state of our “Incurableness” is intense. But God has repeatedly told us, written down and preserved in His Book, that the message of man’s intrinsic “goodness” is a lie.

The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there are any who understand,
Who seek after God.
They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one,
(Psalm 14:2-3).

God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there is anyone who understands,
Who seeks after God.
Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one,
(Psalm 53:2-3).

Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins, (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

as it is written,
“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one,”
(Romans 3:10-12).

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23).

No one, not even one can claim to be righteous, for all of us are born with the Incurable disease of sin. And His promise to Cure the Incurable is found in only One.

“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).

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 6:23).

If we have received His free gift of eternal life in Christ, may we never get over the reality that apart from Him we are Incurable.

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience, (Ephesians 2:1-2).

It is a safeguard for our life of faith to remember who we were apart from Christ, that we would depend on Him as we recognize how truly and utterly depraved we are, that we would never even begin to entertain thoughts of our own worth outside of His saving grace.

And it is critical that we remember how many times God warned His people about listening to the false prophets. When we trust Christ for our salvation, He Cures the Incurable and brings new life to our dead spirit and we are positioned in Him for eternity. But until we are taken to be with Him in heaven, while our spirits are born again and made new in Christ, the Incurable flesh must be brought under subjection to His Holy Spirit.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please, (Galatians 5:16-17).

The flesh. It is Incurable, but not unstoppable. But it is not in us to stop it. Our only help and hope is that we believe His Word and live this life in the flesh by faith, trusting that our flesh went to the cross with Him Who Cures the Incurable.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me, (Galatians 2:20).

The tempter is relentless in his attempts to lure us into doing this life apart from His grace, subtly moving us toward disregarding our desperate need for His Cure each and every day.

May we never forget that the condition of our flesh is Incurable, that we would live in abject dependence, unashamed to confess that even as children of faith, it is completely out of our own strength to bring the Cure.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You,”
(Psalm 16:2).

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not, (Romans 7:18).

Today, and every day, let us remember there is absolutely nothing in our flesh that is good. Oh, that we would never forget there is only One Who will set us free from our Incurable condition, that each and every day we would live in surrendered faith and an all-consuming gratitude for Him Who Cures the Incurable.

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25a).

Let’s Grow Together!

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