Chapter 37

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The Church inside the Tabernacle

Jeremiah 33:1-9 AV

1 ¶  Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,

2  Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name;

3  Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

4  For thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are thrown down by the mounts, and by the sword;

5  They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face from this city.

6  Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.

7  And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.

8  And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.

9  And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.

Main Verse:

33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”


What’s happening here?

God promised Jeremiah that:

   I. That Jerusalem shall be rebuilt and reestablished

      "In statu quo — in its former state," V.1-6.

   II. That Israel, having their sins pardoned, shall be restored.V.7-8.

  III. This shall bring glory of God, V.9.

 IV. That Israel shall have both joy and plenty, see V.10-14.

  V. The way made for the coming of the Messiah see V.15-16.

 VI. That the promise included restoring

·        house of David,

·        the house of Levi,

·        and the house of Israel, shall flourish again, and be whole with Judah.

See Jer 33:17-26.

What does this say?

Who: Jeremiah is writing this by God’s command

What: The promise of restoration of Israel and Judah

When: While being captives by Babylon

Where: He wrote imprisoned in the courtyard of the Royal Palace.

Why: To reveal the power and glory of God

What does it mean?

Regardless of what uncertainty we face, this is always true:

·        God has a plan and purpose in every situation. [Jer. 32:26]

·        God’s will is for our benefit and His glory.

·        Even in the midst of tribulation, God has work for us to do.

Example: [See Jer.32:6-8; Israel pays a price v.9-13; Jeremiah prepares for the future, v.14, 15; in the end receive the blessing, Ch. 33:10-11.]


How can I use this?

1.     Whatever you are facing, God has a plan and purpose

God does reprove and rebuke but always to get us to turn around. He loves us as we are, but loves enough not to leave us there!

2.     God has created us to walk with Him throughout our lives. Jesus came to redeem and deliver us from our corrupted state to guide and instruct us by the Holy Spirit that we should serve Him for the glory of God.

3.     Like Israel, God wants to grow us to a new level of godlikeness and purity. There are times when we will suffer the results of our rebellion and unfaithful living.

Personal insights?

Our covenant with God is based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not a corporate one. Our hope is in knowing God’s will and obeying Him daily.

·        This is not a guessed obedience but obeying founded upon the promise found in the New Testament of Hebrews 10:16   “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;” (This passage is found in Jeremiah 31:33, 34.)

·        God has taken this promise from the past future to the present; for present day believers. We are not to guess; we are to know from God’s word what His will is for us.

Knowing is not doing!

 Knowing is necessary before we can do, but it takes a change of heart and mind to obey. Anyone can say they believe so what makes belief certain?



Q: What does it take to build a house?

[List the components on the board]

·        Time; money, resources; knowledge; devotion; application of this and more.

All this takes a positive attitude, and determination to make it all happen in its proper time. A schedule and effort to make it happen.

Age is a two edged sword

1.     You gain insight into what is important

2.     You have less energy and time to accomplish your goal

Other personal insights: