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they shall see the King in his beauty!

"In the midst of Jeremiah's denunciation he prays for Israel (14:7-9), for the only hope for Israel is the intervention of God himself. The prayer commences with the acknowledgment of Israel's sins; the only basis for confidence is if Yahweh acts for his "name's sake" to save his people (14:7). Israel calls upon the Lord not to be like a traveling stranger or like a warrior who cannot save (14:8-9). Yahweh dwells with his people, and his name is upon them, and so they entreat him not to abandon them. The end of the chapter concludes with a similar prayer (14:19-22). Here Jeremiah asks whether Yahweh hates his people and has rejected them forever (14:19). Idols cannot bring rain or fruitfulness. Israel's only hope for renewal and restoration is the Lord, for he can do all things (14:22)

We find a similar note of hope in 16:14-21. Exile will not be the final reality for Israel. There will be a new exodus (16:14-15). Yahweh will send fishers and hunters to bring his people back (16:16). Here the role of the apostles as "fishers" is anticipated (cf. Matt. 4:19; Mark 1:17). Even the nations will recognize, in fulfillment of the promise to Abraham (cf. Gen. 12:3), that idols are worthless, that salvation is only in the Lord (16:19-20). Then "they shall know that my name is the LORD" (16:21). The promise of salvation includes even some of the enemies of Israel (48:47; 49:6,39), though no such hope is offered to Babylon. Yahweh will set his favor on the "good figs" in exile and bring them back to Israel (24:5-6). And he will perform heart surgery on them: "I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart" (24:7). The call for repentance would not be heeded during Jeremiah's day, but would become a reality in the future. The last word for Israel is not exile. There is "a future and a hope" for Israel (29:11), and their "fortunes" will be restored (29:14), which becomes a major them in chapters 30-33 (30:3,18; 31:23; 32:44; 33:7,11,26; Deut. 30:3)." pg. 360 "The King In His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments" by Thomas R. Schreiner
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