Summary: God’s plan for redemptive history is shown in the promises of the New Covenant promises of 1) Reconciliation, 2) Regeneration, 3) Possession, 4) Evangelization & 5) Satisfaction for Sin
In Canada, this is the Victoria Day weekend. In many ways its the strangest day on our holiday calendar. Some have said that it’s a Canadian holiday with no Canadian to cheer for -- sort of like watching an all-American Stanley Cup final. Queen Victoria was British. She never set foot in this country. In the U.S., Memorial Day is always observed on the last Monday in May. The holiday honors members of the military who died in service to their country. We as Canadian share so much with our American allies. Although we are allies in battle, the two countries of Canada and the United States celebrate two different holidays this weekend.
During the final siege of Jerusalem at the end of Zedekiah’s reign, the two tribes of Israel and Judah, both came to realize that their socially constructed world of the prophets was shown to be bankrupt, Jeremiah surprisingly began to preach sermons about God’s future plans for Israel and Judah in a series of poetic promises of a new day (30:1–31:40).
His sermons did not provide false hope like the deceptive prophets. At the time Jerusalem endured terror, pain, and an incurable problem (30:4–7, 12–15). Now that history was proving that Jeremiah’s hopeless prophecies from God were true, the people were finally persuaded to internalize his depressing view of reality for Jerusalem. But in the future God would deliver them from bondage, send their Davidic King, destroy their enemies, and compassionately restore the people to their land (30:8–11, 16–24). Jeremiah proclaimed a new world for the future that was not developed out of the people’s present worldview. He challenged them to transform their thinking, to imagine the possibility that God’s original promises could still be fulfilled in the future.
What could legitimate such a belief? God’s commitment to be their God and their covenant commitment to Him (31:1). God’s everlasting love and compassion, God’s act of bringing back the exiles, and His rich blessing on the land would bring joyful dancing back to Samaria and Zion (31:3–14). When God hears the sorrowful weeping of His chastised people who repent, then there will be hope. Jeremiah constructed a new vision of the future which included both Judah and Israel being built up and planted in the land (31:15–30). A new covenant would establish a close, revitalized relationship. God would forgive their sins, and they would know and follow God’s patterns for life (31:31–34; cf. Deut. 4:13; 30:5–6). Jeremiah pressed the people to accept God’s promise for the future in spite of their present hopeless situation, for it was absolutely as sure as day and night—nothing could change it (31:35–40) (Smith, G. V. (1994). The Prophets as Preachers : An Introduction to the Hebrew Prophets (216–218). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman.).
God has a plan for your future. He has a plan for your spiritual development, your marriage, and your life in general. God’s plan for you is centered on the provision and promises that stem from your new covenant blessings.