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6.73 Jeremiah -- the Davidic King

Like Isaiah, Jeremiah also prophesied a restoration greater than the return of Judah to her homeland.  Although these prophecies aren't nearly so numerous as Isaiah's, there are several words that foretell an end-time restoration and a new King of Israel.

          "The days are coming," declares the Lord,
               "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch,
               a King who will reign wisely
               and do what is just and right in the land.
          In his days Judah will be saved
               and Israel will live in safety.
               This is the name by which he will be called:
               The Lord Our Righteousness" (Jer 23:5-6).

           "They will serve the Lord their God
                and David their king,
                whom I will raise up for them" (Jer 30:9).

           "For this is what the Lord says: 'David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel'" (Jer 33:17).

            "I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars of the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore" (Jer 33:22).

These passages are not vivid; they seem as distant as the Messianic age must have seemed in the day of God’s wrath.  They are also overshadowed by the change that most excites Jeremiah, the one that will make all the difference: that the Lord will change the hearts of His people, and create a new covenant with them.

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