Jeremiah 30 – “A Restoration Prophecy”

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I. Summary

Jeremiah records his prophecies about the ingathering of the exiles, the reinstated monarchy, the rebuilding of Jerusalem, and the punishment of his enemies.

II. Photo

Yahweh is likened to a storm: “Look, the storm of the Lord! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked.” (v. 23)

III. Select Verses

2-3: Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For the days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the LORD, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their ancestors and they shall take possession of it.

6: Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor? Why has every face turned pale?

8-9: On that day, says the LORD of hosts, I will break the yoke from off his neck, and I will burst his bonds, and strangers shall no more make a servant of him. But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

15b: Because your guilt is great, because your sins are so numerous, I have done these things to you.

16: Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured, and all your foes, everyone of them, shall go into captivity; those who plunder you shall be plundered, and all who prey on you I will make a prey.

IV. Outline

1-3. Yahweh tells Jeremiah to record his prophecies for the exiles who return

4. Introduction

5-7. The people will suffer as if in labor

8-9. Yahweh will then free them and reinstate the Davidic king

10-11. The exiles will be returned

12-15. The people’s pain is great

16. Israel’s enemies will be destroyed

17. Yahweh will restore Israel, which was cast off

18. Zion will be restored

19-20. The people will be merry, healthy, and prosperous

21. A ruler will be established

22. Yahweh and Israel’s relationship will be restored

23-24. Yahweh will punish his enemies like a storm


V. Comment

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VI. Works Used

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