Jeremiah 30 has our prophet getting a direct word from God. “Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you”. God wants Jeremiah to record what He has told him so it can be given to the people There are some big promises. “I will restore the fortunes of my people….I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it”. They’ve been taken into captivity in Babylon, but God will restore them. He’s bringing them back to the Promised Land He gave them.
It’s a rough spot God’s people have been in. But He is faithful, and is going to restore them. “I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity….For I am with you to save you, declares the Lord”. God’s promise to Israel was that they would not become extinct as a people, either by death or being blended into other nations. They would endure terrible affliction, yet survive. God never lost sight of them, He didn’t forget them. But He did need to punish them for what they had done.
“Because your guilt is great, because your sins are flagrant, I have done these things to you”. God reminded them that the catastrophe came upon them from His own hand. They were not accidents or events of bad luck. God spoke to the Jewish people honestly about their sinful condition. There is always a price for sin, and in this case, because of the magnitude of sin and their continual choice to sin against God, they have to pay a significant price. It is a big price, but directly allowed by God.
Then comes the promise. “I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honored, and they shall not be small….you shall be my people, and I will be your God”. God’s people are brought into close and deep relationship with God. They had to pay a price for their sin, and it was severe, but God is a God of restoration and renewal and He plans to bring them back into relationship with Himself. God wants to be God in our life. He wants to sit on the throne of our life. But we have to keep Him there. He doesn’t share that spot, not even with ourselves. God is God and wants to be our God!