Jeremiah 31 … Consider His Everlasting Love

The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness,”

His Everlasting Love so beautifully given, drawing Israel with His acts of grace and kindness. And it had been His plan from the beginning of time; for days are coming

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, (31:31).

This chapter focuses on the future God has planned for His people. Six times the Lord turns the nation’s attention to “that time” when “days are coming” and they will finally find themselves living in “those days” (31:1, 27, 29, 31, 33, 38).

And at that time, the divided kingdoms will be united to serve and worship the Lord their God.

“At that time,” declares the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people,” (31:1).

Because of His Everlasting Love, days are coming when the promise of His New Covenant will be established and fulfilled. And He is perfectly able to guarantee those days for He Is the Sovereign Creator Who rules and reigns over all His creation.

Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for light by day
And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar;
The Lord of hosts is His name:
36 “If this fixed order departs
From before Me,” declares the Lord,
“Then the offspring of Israel also will cease
From being a nation before Me forever,”

This beautiful chapter describes those coming days, proclaimed to the exiles in the midst of their captivity, and the picture of their future is gloriously beautiful and almost beyond belief.

At that time there will be: rebuilding and rejoicing (31:4); replanting and returning (31:5-6); vibrant gratitude and unrestrained praise (31:7); regathering of a great company (31:8); repentant hearts led by the Father in their safe return (31:9); His redemption and ransom by the Shepherd (31:10-11); flourishing new life (31:12); mourning that is turned into joy and comfort for their sorrow (31:13); His abundant filling and satisfying His people with His goodness (31:14); reward for their work (31:16); hope for their future and their children (31:17); restored relationship with the Lord their God through repentance (31:18); His Father heart yearning and turning to extend His mercy (31:20); unity for His people (31:24); refreshing of the weary (31:25); and His perfect peace provided through His promise (31:26).

Jeremiah’s vision most probably came in a dream. How comforted and refreshed he must have been. Can you imagine? We don’t really know at what point in his ministry God gave Jeremiah this vision of His promise of His New Covenant. But after years of proclaiming the coming of God’s judgment and wrath, can you imagine how encouraged he must have been?

At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me, (31:26).

And in those days, God would turn from His judgment to His restoration.

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and with the seed of beast. 28 As I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to overthrow, to destroy and to bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant,” declares the Lord, (31:27-28).

And as He explained His New Covenant coming in those days, if His people would turn to listen, surely they would be undone by His Everlasting Love.

Consider His Everlasting Love

Once again God was calling His people to place their faith in His Promise that days are coming, to look ahead to those days when they would experience His Everlasting Love that would secure their eternity, to that time when His Son would pour out His blood and establish them in His New Covenant for whoever would believe.

“for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

  • His Everlasting Love Enacts His New Covenant
    • “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, (31:31).
      • But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him, (Romans 5:8-9).
  • His Everlasting Love Ensures the immutability of His New Covenant
    • “…when I will make a new covenant… not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord, (31:31-32).
      • “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand,” (John 10:27-28).
  • His Everlasting Love Engraves His law upon our hearts
    • “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people,” (31:33).
      • being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts, (2 Corinthians 3:3).
  • His Everlasting Love Enables the way to know Him
    • “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord…(31:34).
      • “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent,” (John 17:3).
  • His Everlasting Love Eradicates our sin from His remembrance
  • …“for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more,” (31:34).
    • Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (Romans 8:1).

How do we respond to His Everlasting Love?

How can we even attempt to unpack the eternal? While His Everlasting Love is infinite and impossible to truly fathom, it is most certainly a worthwhile endeavor to spend our days considering. And as we do, we too will surely be undone.

His Everlasting Love is offered to all, but sadly can be rejected. Oh, that we would daily embrace His Everlasting Love through faith that would urge us on to live our life in surrendered awe, reverent worship and holy gratitude.

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship, (Romans 12:1).

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe, (Hebrews 12:28).

The enemy will relentlessly work to convince us that we are unacceptable to Holy God. And the truth is that apart from Christ, we are.

But when we have placed our faith in the shed blood of Christ, we are established and sealed in His New Covenant by His Holy Spirit.

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, 22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge, (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

As New Covenant believers, we must refuse to listen to the voice of lies. Let us spend time each and every day contemplating His Everlasting Love, given in the sacrifice of His Son and confirmed through the work of His Holy Spirit.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32).

because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us, (Romans 5:5).

Perhaps the best response we can have is to take Him at His Word, that we would trust His Holy Spirit to cast out all fear of punishment and all doubt of His Everlasting Love.

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us, (1 John 4:17-19).

We love Him because He first loved us and drew us to Himself with His Everlasting Love.

The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness,”

And He is faithful to continue to draw us to Himself through our time in His Word and prayer. Oh, let us not neglect our meeting with Him each day that He would grow us in our faith like Paul; that no matter what the world throws at us we would not waver, but rather we would be undone and overwhelmingly convinced that nothing ever will be able to separate us from His Everlasting Love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 8:37-39).

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