Jeremiah foretold of God’s promise to gather the remnant of his people from all the nations around Israel and bring them back to their own pasture after their exile. Then he shared God’s promise of a king who would be called The Lord Our Righteous Saviour…
1 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. 2 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord. 3 “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. 4 I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord.
5“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.
6In 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 Righteous Savior.
7 “So then, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ 8 but they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.”
God was about to exile the people in this part of Jeremiah’s book of prophecy, yet he would not leave them stranded forever. Today we see that he is holding the leaders accountable for their poor and evil shepherding of God’s children. Once God had held the leaders accountable, God’s promise was to gather the remnant of his people from all the nations around Israel and bring them back to their own pasture.
His plan was to give them shepherds who would properly tend over them and to take away their fear and terror. None of his sheep would be missing in this restored nation (vs 4). Isn’t that what we all want? I’d like to be tended to with the care of a Good Shepherd. In his care, I would not fear. His rod and staff would comfort me.
Well, isn’t that what God goes to prophecy through Jeremiah in vs 5? Not only would he restore them in their land and nation, yet he would also raise up a King from the line of David who would be called The Lord Our Righteous Saviour… that’s no ordinary king.
That’s King Jesus.
This time of restoration for Israel would be so great that they would no longer refer back to God’s leading them out of Egypt as their point of reference. They would now refer to the time when God gathered the remnant back to Israel’s land and provided faithful leadership. They would refer back to this moment in which God’s promise looked forward to the coming of The Lord Our Righteous Saviour.
This is our time. We live in the blessing of the Saviour’s reign. Your kingdom come, Lord Jesus. Even now in our hearts and lives and nations. We desperately need, as Israel did, a Good Shepherd to tend to us. Jesus is that Good Shepherd.
Would you look to him and surrender your life to the one who loves you so much that he gave his life for you?