14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.
15 “‘In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’
17 For this is what the Lord says: ‘David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of Israel, 18 nor will the Levitical priests ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.’”
19 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 20 “This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time,21 then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. 22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’”
23 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 24 “Have you not noticed that these people are saying, ‘The Lord has rejected the two kingdoms he chose’? So they despise my people and no longer regard them as a nation. 25 This is what the Lord says: ‘If I have not made my covenant with day and night and established the laws of heaven and earth, 26 then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.’”
(Jeremiah 33:14-26 NIV)
As we conclude Chapter 33, we also come to the end of the Book of Consolation, this subset of hope amongst the dismal decline of Judah found in the rest of the book of Jeremiah.
Verses 14 – 18 paint a beautiful picture of Jerusalem’s restoration, and the reunification of Israel and Judah as one nation. Verses 15 – 16 are very similar to 23:5-6, where the reference to the king (Messiah) in 23:5-6 is now replaced with the city of Jerusalem in verses 15-16.
The phrase “The LORD Our Righteous Savior” is one of the names God gives Himself (Yahweh Sidqenu). This name is a play on King Zedekiah’s name, which meant “The Lord is Righteous” or “The Lord is My Righteousness”. Since Zedekiah did evil in the sight of the Lord, he would be rejected and replaced by a righteous King (Messiah) who would be everything that Zedekiah was not.
The Lord finishes verses 14 – 18 with the twin promises of an heir of David on the throne (Messiah) and an heir of Levi leading worship.
Verses 19 – 22 are God’s promises of an heir of David on the throne and the Levites leading worship. God says that as sure as there are day and night (from the very first day of Creation recorded in Genesis 1:3-5), He will fulfill His promise.
Verses 23 – 26 reflect the weariness and pessimism of God’s people. The Lord notices their discouragement as well as the opinion of Judah’s neighbors who look down on God’s people and the plight of their nation. Again, the Lord is optimistic and promises to raise up a King who will lead His people. God’s promise is as good as His covenant to maintain order in the universe, starting with day and night. God will restore His relationship with His people and restore their fortunes (the blessings from God’s hand).
May we find encouragement and hope in the Lord and the surety of His promises.
May we look beyond our current troubles and see that He will reverse the situation in His right time. God’s time might not be our time, but He has promised that our problems will be reversed. This redemption may not happen this side of eternity, but God has promised as sure as there are day and night, He will set things right.