When Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, there was great sorrow in land. Scripture teaches us that during a part of the siege, some of the people became so desperate for food that they actually ate their children.
“And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege…” (Jeremiah 19:9)
By the time Jerusalem finally fell, the rebellious nation was broken and the land was filled with their bitter weeping.
Jeremiah 31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. (The name ‘Rachel’ is used here figuratively for the entire land.)
It was a moment when all hope seemed to be lost. Yet with God, there is always hope. During this time of great sadness the LORD said to His people:
Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. 4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.
God made three great promises to His people.
1) He promised them that there would come a day rejoicing.
Jeremiah 31:7 For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel… 13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
Sometimes life is filled with so much sadness that we wonder if we will ever laugh again. Yet the Bible gives us this great promise: “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) There will come a day when God will heal all of our broken hearts. We read from the book of Revelation-
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
The day will come when God shall wipe every tear from the eyes of His people. There will be no more sickness or sorrow. There will be no more disease or death. There will be no more sad goodbyes.
One day, that day will come. But that is not today. Jesus said that in this life we will have tribulation. (John 16:33) Christians suffer just like the rest of mankind. It rains upon the just, just like it does upon the unjust.
When Adam and Eve sinned against God, they brought not only sin into the human race, but sorrow as well. I have often thought that disease is to the human body what thorns and thistles are to fields. It’s all a part of the curse placed upon creation.
I have also wondered if this was not the real reason Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus. Perhaps our Lord was weeping over the sorrow Adam and Eve’s sin had brought to His wonderful creation and He longed for the day when death would be swallowed up in His victory.
1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written , Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Join me again tomorrow as we consider the other two promises God made to His people.