It was a dark day when the city of Jerusalem finally fell. During the years of siege, many of the people had become so desperate that they had been tempted to eat their own children. (Jer 19:9) Such a thought is despicable to us, yet it is a good reminder of the cost of sinning against God. Someone has said: “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” I’m sure that the people of Israel could have testified to the reality of this truth.
If not for the grace of God, there would have been no hope for the people of Israel. But with God’s grace, there is hope.
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.
1) God promised His people that there would be a future day of rejoicing. (see Rachel Weeping for Her Children pt 3 of 5)
2) God promised them that there would be a future day of prosperity.
Jeremiah 31:12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all… 14… my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.
How different this was from the time of famine. The land of desolation would become a land filled with plenty.
3) God promised them a future day of worship.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
The Apostle Paul wrote in the book Romans: “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20) There was a time when sin abounded in the nation of Israel and caused them to be chastened severely. But praise God, grace did much more abound. Grace made a way for them to one day be restored back to their land and to their God, and to forever enjoy His blessings.