“Because they have called you an outcast”
Jeremiah is told,
“Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you” (30:2).
The reason is given in the following verse,
“For behold the days are coming … when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah … I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it” (verse 3).
This is God’s reason for making a specific point that Jeremiah should put his words into book. It is a message for future generations to read.
Notice he names both Israel and Judah! At the time he was writing Israel (the northern kingdom had already been taken captive to Assyria, and dispersed into other lands). There is no record that they ever returned. However many of those from Judah who were later taken to Babylon returned seventy years later. In the days of Jesus these Judahites were all called Jews and we learn from events on the Day of Pentecost, soon after Jesus ascended to heaven, that Jews came from many nations and were in Jerusalem at the time of the feast” (Acts 2:5-11).
The chapter in Jeremiah proceeds to detail the
“words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah” (verse 4).
Concerning the final in-gathering God’s words are,
“Alas! That day is so great there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it” (verse 7).
Was this fulfilled with the Holocaust? No, as the context indicates it is after they have returned to “take possession” (verse 3) of their land. It is a time when “there is none to uphold your cause” (verse 13), a time when past supporters (lovers)
“care nothing for you” (verse 14)
“Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured … because they have called you an outcast: it is Zion for whom no one cares” (verses 16,17).
But God cares, Hitler was destroyed! But scripture tells us of a time of great trouble is in store for many nations at the time God shows that he cares.
Those who really know God and His word also care! Do you?
The scene in the Middle East seems to be nearly set for God to act to show how much he cares about his chosen people! And for the rest of the world! Have a look at 1 Peter 4:18,19.