Summary: ``Anticipate the Promise`` through recognizing 1) The Advent of the Promise (Jeremiah 3:14), 2) The Administration of the Promise (Jeremiah 33:15), and 3) The Appropriation of the Promise (Jeremiah 33:16)

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As we put up our Christmas decorations here last week it became clearly evident who was most excited. Without the need for reminding, or corralling, the kids excitedly decorated the trees and expressed their excitement for the prospect of Christmas. It was clearly evident seeing the expression on the faces of the kids that they were looking forward to Christmas.

For all of us, our anticipation of Christmas becomes focused in the Advent season. Advent is the time when we anticipate the coming of Christ through thoughtful introspection and spiritual preparation. Together we celebrate the promise about Christ’s coming as promised in the Old Testament, and His return in glory as promised throughout the New Testament.

For the divided nation of Israel, the promise of ``The Righteous Branch`` in Jeremiah 33 was a promise filled with profound hope—anticipating a time when an anointed king, a Messiah, and a descendant of David would appear in Israel’s history to bring righteousness and justice to the nation, and thus give God’s people the security they both needed and wanted. Jeremiah’s prophetic vision anticipates that the nation’s future will not be decided by the Babylonians, but by Yahweh himself. An abiding confidence in Yahweh as Israel’s saviour and protector is expressed throughout the Old Testament, but especially among the great prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Here we discover a hopeful faith for difficult times such as ours. (Sermon notes

In his prophesy, Jeremiah encourages his hearers to ``Anticipate the Promise`` through recognizing 1) The Advent of the Promise (Jeremiah 3:14), 2) The Administration of the Promise (Jeremiah 33:15), and 3) The Appropriation of the Promise (Jeremiah 33:16)

1) The Advent of the Promise (Jeremiah 3:14)

Jeremiah 33:14 [14]"Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

Jeremiah used the phrase the days are coming (hinnēh yāmîm bā’îm) 16 times in his book. In a negative sense it referred to the coming destruction of Judah and the surrounding nations (cf. 7:32; 9:25; 19:6; 48:12; 49:2; 51:47, 52). However, in its remaining 9 occurrences it pointed to a future period of blessing for Israel when (a) the nation will be restored from captivity (16:14-15; 23:7-8; 30:3), (b) the righteous Branch of David will be ruling over a united monarchy (23:5-6; 33:14-15), (c) the nation will be experiencing peace and prosperity in the land (31:27-28; 33:14, 16), (d) the New Covenant with its cleansing from sin will be in effect (“The time is coming,” 31:31-34), and (e) the city of Jerusalem will be rebuilt as a Holy City that will never again be destroyed (31:38-40). These promises transcend anything that Israel has experienced throughout her long history (Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Je 33:14–16). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.).

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