God will Restore Israel and the Nations--Jeremiah 16:14-21
After declaring that God is about to punish his sinful people (Jeremiah 16:1-13), Yahweh now announces that he will indeed punish the wicked, BUT after that he will restore the penitent and all nations that repent and come to Yahweh. Jeremiah 16:14-21. This little paragraph falls into three parts.
I. Yahweh announces that he will restore the penitent Jewish exiles in Babylon. Jeremiah 16:14-15.
a. In the past, Yahweh brought his people out of the land of Egypt in the days of Moses. See Exodus 11-15. Now, in a similar way, Yahweh will bring his people "out of the land of the north," that is, Babylon (see Jeremiah 25:8-9). 16:14-15a.
b. Then, Yahweh will bring the penitent Jewish exiles in Babylon back to their own land of Canaan or Israel that Yahweh originally gave to their ancestors. See Genesis 13:14-18; Joshua 21:43-45. 16:15b.
II. Yahweh announces that he will punish the hard-hearted among his people. Jeremiah 16:16-18.
a. Yahweh declares that he will send fishermen and hunters to find every person who continues to sin against Yahweh. 16:16.
b. Yahweh assures all human beings that they are not hidden or concealed from him. 16:17. See Hebrews 4:13.
c. The wicked have "polluted" Yahweh's chosen land of Canaan, and thus Yahweh will "doubly repay" their iniquities and their sins. 16:18.
III. Jeremiah proclaims that Yahweh will bring the nations from the ends of the earth to teach the people of God who God is. Jeremiah 16:19-21.
a. Jeremiah glorifies Yahweh as Jeremiah's "strength, stronghold and refuge." 16:19a-b.
b. Jeremiah declares that the nations shall come from the ends of the earth, and shall say: the ancestors of Israel have adopted and served and worshipped foreign gods and idols. 16:19c-20.
c. In this way, Yahweh will teach his sinful people and the nations his power and might. 16:21.
Our God is a universal God, not a God "cooped up" in Israel or anywhere else on earth. God uses all nations to carry out his purposes, not just his chosen people. All need to recognize and accept this truth. God is our creator, sustainer, lord, king, and missionary.
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