As I sit at my desk this morning and wrap up the last lesson from our study of the book of Jeremiah, my heart leaps with great joy. What a grand finale this book has after a very tumultuous relationship between God and His people! The Lord has not forgotten the Davidic line! After thirty-seven years of exile, King Jehoiachin - who reigned a mere three months and spent thirty-seven years imprisoned - suddenly appears, and the Davidic line is still alive!
On January 11, 2015, we will crack open the book of Acts, and leaping out from those pages is the Gospel on the advance! A tiny movement of twelve men suddenly explodes into a tidal wave of Gospel advancement. This is the continuation of God’s unfolding plan and declaration regarding Israel in Jeremiah 33:8-9.
“I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me.
It will be to Me a name of joy, praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace that I make for it.”
I would like to extend an invitation to each of you to come be a part of this study as we watch the Gospel Advance setting the stage for provoking Israel to jealousy and God sovereignly drawing them - as well as the nations - to Himself.
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
This truly is good news of great joy!
“For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”