Jeremiah 33 Commentary

Jeremiah 33 Commentary

Chapter 33 is underlined by yet another world-famous verse: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Verse 3. The things Israel didn’t know; could the plans of the LORD of chapter 29 be part of what Israel needed to know – the plans to prosper Israel; not to harm it?

Regardless, the LORD implores Israel to seek the face of the LORD and have knowledge. It isn’t a casual phone call that you make to a doctor or your lawyer. You seek knowledge about things that are not searchable. Google won’t give you answers. No human search engine has what it takes to resolve men’s ignorance of God’s works. Humble yourself and seek the LORD.

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Here is the picture. Human effort aimed at fending off the enemy is useless. Mankind remains dead. The LORD has hidden His face from humanity because of our wickedness. That is the current status of humanity – houses, and palaces filled with dead bodies; busy and pacing about but actually dead. It is the consequence of the withdrawal of God’s Spirit – the hiding of the LORD’s face from the city.

But the scripture isn’t ended yet. “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” Verse 6.

You don’t know the hidden things of God if you simply want to enjoy the good words – peace and security. The hidden or unsearchable thing is that you are walking dead. Further and importantly, you can live again. Try saying things like that to a man on his two legs and enjoying his pizza! These things are unsearchable. It is a privilege when a man wakes up knowing that he is dead and that he can live again.

We have known about the Righteous Branch that sprouted from David’s line. He did what was right and just. And on his account, humanity can live again. The name Jesus Christ is a common phrase on people’s lips but there remains a mystery about His ministry. Call to the LORD and these unsearchable things, the things you don’t know will be known.

The closing verses of this chapter reference David, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. With Abraham is the LORD’s promise to restore the original blessing on humanity. Genesis 1 verse 28 and Genesis 12 verses 2 and 3. The blessing was repeated to Isaac his son and later on to Jacob. Using a different font, the LORD said the same thing to David in second Samuel 7.

It is through Abraham’s seed that the nations are blessed. It wasn’t Isaac or Jacob. It wasn’t David nor his son Solomon. Yet the LORD had mentioned David’s son. And Jeremiah is still talking about a righteous Branch from David’s line. It wasn’t the weak and sinful Zedekiah! Ponder these historical facts and see how the LORD Jesus Christ becomes the culmination of everything written in the scripture – the unsearchable things the world doesn’t know.

Then and only then will the LORD restore our fortunes and have compassion on us.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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