“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you.” (30.2)
It’s just interesting to see God command the recording of Scripture.
“For I am with you to save you, declares the LORD.” (30.11a)
The promise of God’s presence as our salvation is a message of hope that we cannot relinquish. Salvation is not our own but it is of the Lord (Jonah 2.9). He is the author, he is the effector, he is the securer. Oh how I don’t want for my salvation to depend on me. I am too weak. I thank God for his promise of redemption that he shall break the yoke of our enslavement to sin and death (v.8 ) and deliver us into the promised land of his presence.
“I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.” (30.11c)
Compare this with Hebrews 12.7-11; our punishment and discipline, our refining by fire (1 Peter 1.7), is our validation as being adopted sons of God. This is assurance that we should look forward to instead of shying away from. Do I look forward to it as I should?
“In the latter days you will understand this.” (30.24)
I recognize that it is a flaw of mine to seek an answer and understanding for everything. Though I abhor the mindlessness of emergent, I still must seek to avoid the arrogance of all-knowingness which I have no expectation of gaining. Instead I should thank God for his mysteries and embrace the extended glories which yet remain outside my reach in this flesh. There is a sweet anticipation in knowing I will never plumb the full depths of God’s greatness. There will never be a reason to get complacent or feel bored in him.
“Thus says the LORD: ‘The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness.’” (31.2)
Notice that after the 30 previous chapters of judgment and coming destruction we see that God still has a people. All will not be lost. And see how it wasn’t on their own merit that they were saved and restored. It was God who gave grace to them. In the verses to follow we find that God is still warm and loving to his children. As v.3 says that he has “loved [the remnant] with an everlasting love” and has “continued [his] faithfulness to [them].” They are the elect and have from all-time been set to be preserved. God has cleaned out all the false believers and has regathered and rebuilt his people.
I desire every day that God would clean out the false believers in our own time. That no more deceivers would rise up calling themselves Christians and leading others to damnation. But I am kept strong in knowing that God is powerful enough to bring and intend good to come from such a frustrating evil.
“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (31.33-34)
This is the glorious promise which God brings to pass in Christ. This is the promise of freedom from the yoke of the law. From the need for priests and intercession and sacrifices. It was God’s plan to give us a perfect sacrifice and a great high priest that we may ultimately be saved and giving glory to him for eternity. We take for granted what a relief this promise is and instead have a perverse desire to put the yoke back on just like the Jews in Acts 15. When will we recognize the greatness of God’s promise in light of the uselessness of our own moralism?