Reading: Jeremiah 24-25
Summary: Jeremiah renounced the sin of Judah and Jerusalem and announced the coming judgment of God. He specified that their captivity would last for seventy years and it was as though Judah must drink the bitter cup filled with the wine of God’s wrath.
All God Has Ever Wanted
Two possible outcomes await God’s people; that’s how it has always been. Jesus said there are two possible roads, one leading to life, the other to death (Matt. 7:13-14). In the judgment, all humanity will be divided into two groups, like a shepherd separating sheep and goats (Matt. 25:32). And, to a much-lesser known degree, they will be like one of two baskets of figs; one good and edible, the other completely rotten (Jer. 24).
Though Jeremiah’s depiction is not nearly so well known as Jesus’, he does employ some language that is very well known and dear to God. In describing the basket of good figs he says, “they shall be my people and I will be their God” (v. 7). This literary formula has been called the “covenant code”. In one statement it summarizes all that God has ever wanted with His creation.
It’s language employed by God when initiating the original covenant with His people at Mt. Sinai (Lev. 26:12). It’s used frequently by the prophets—ones sometimes called God’s “covenant enforcers” (Isa. 51:16; Jer. 7:23; 30:22; 32:38; Ezek. 14:11; Hos. 2:23; Zech. 8:8; 13:9). When a new and better covenant is foretold—that which Christ would initiate—not surprisingly, this too is one of its characteristics (Jer. 31:33; Heb. 8:10).
Even in heaven itself, among all the descriptions of the glory and beauty and grandeur of that place, also true of it will the reality of that which God has always wanted, to be among His own, to be their God and they His people (Rev. 21:3).
Here’s a question; is what God has always wanted, what I also want?