'Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'Jeremiah 33:3(NASB)
Right in the centre of Jeremiah, is a passage which prophesies of peace, prosperity, comfort, and hope for the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. National restoration, universal redemption, and the spiritual healing of both the northern and southern kingdoms are the key elements, while echoes of God's judgement on the wicked precede and follow this message of hope for Israel.
Jeremiah spent most of his life warning his people of severe judgement to come, if the nation did not repent of their evil ways and return to the Lord their God. He was faithful to his calling, yet had to endure an onslaught of mocking, loneliness, imprisonment, and rejection.
Despite his divinely inspired message, Jeremiah was subjected to unbelievable ridicule and obliged to witness his rebellious nation's refusal to heed his warning, before being defeated, dispersed, and sold in to slavery.
"Call to Me and I will answer you. I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know," was a little message of hope, hidden in the middle of his prophetic writings. These encouraging words point to a time beyond the coming Tribulation - as outlined in Daniel's 70-week prophecy. It looks beyond the time of Jacob's Trouble to a day when the New Covenant, which God promised to Israel, will be fully and finally ratified and implemented in the promised kingdom rule of Christ.
As so, as often happens in Scripture, Jeremiah's prophetic disclosure was accompanied by an important time of prayer, petition, and pleading for his people. This lamenting man remembered God's mighty deeds of old. He recalled Israel's escape from Egypt, their entry into the land flowing with milk and honey, their victory over many foes, and God's grace and mercy towards them, despite their apostate ways, abominable sin, and outrageous idolatry.
"Call to Me and I will answer you," were God's words of encouragement to this weary warrior: "Call to Me and I will tell you great and mighty things - things which you do not know. Call to Me."
Right in the middle of his prayer, the Lord told his servant that following the destruction of Jerusalem and dispersion of His people, due to their sin - there was HOPE, because He purposed in His heart to gather his scattered nation and bless them mightily. He told Jeremiah of great and mighty things He would do for His people if they would simply call on HIM.
God has promised to bring Israel back to their land. He has promised to restore their property and repopulate the nation with joyful men and singing women. He has promised to send a descendent of David to be their Messiah - and He is to be called, The Lord My Righteousness: "Call to Me and I will answer you - Call to Me and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know."
Heavenly Father, thank You that You are a good and faithful God Whose Word stands fast forever and ever. Thank You that all Your promises to both Israel and the Church remain 'yes' and 'amen' in Christ Jesus my Lord. Thank You that You are a listening God Who hears the calls and cries of Your people, and thank You for the many precious promises that will never fail, because You are faithful and true to Your Word. It is wonderful to know that faithful men of God, like Jeremiah, were prepared to endure mocking, loneliness, imprisonment, and rejection, so we might have the holy Scriptures which guide us into all truth. And thank You that Jesus came to be our substitute for sin and endure the pain and suffering of the Cross so that we might live and reign with Him forever. Praise Your holy name! AMEN.