Exile and Prophecy
September 21, 2014 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: The Story of the Bible: I will be your God and you shall be my people
GOD’S PEOPLE IN GOD’S PLACE UNDER GOD’S RULE AND BLESSING.
1) The northern kingdom is exiled to Assyria, 2 Kings 17:6-18.
2) The southern kingdom is exiled to Babylon. 2 Kings 24:10-14, 25:11.
3) God expels his people from the Promised Land for their unfaithfulness. 2 Chron. 36:14-21.
2 Chronicles 36:14–17, 21 — 14 All the officers of the priests and the people likewise were exceedingly unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations. And they polluted the house of the LORD that he had made holy in Jerusalem. 15 The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against his people, until there was no remedy. 17 Therefore he brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans…. He gave them all into his hand…. 21 to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah...
4) God promises to preserve a remnant of his people from exile. Jer. 24:7.
Jeremiah 23:3, Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
Jeremiah 24:7, 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.
Jeremiah 31:31–33 — 31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
5) God promises to restore Israel to a restored land, Ezek. 36:33-34.
Jeremiah 32:37–38 — 37 Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
Isaiah 33:20, 24 — 20 Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts! Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an untroubled habitation, an immovable tent, whose stakes will never be plucked up, nor will any of its cords be broken… 24 And no inhabitant will say, “I am sick”; the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
Zechariah 8:8, and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.”
Ezekiel 37:27, My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
6) God promises to raise up a new king, Isaiah 9:6-7.
Isaiah 9:6–7 — 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
1 Peter 1:10–12 — 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
7) God’s new work for Israel will include the nations. Isaiah 66:18-21.
Isaiah 42:6, “…I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations,
Isaiah 49:6, he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Jeremiah 3:17, At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the LORD, and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of the LORD in Jerusalem, and they shall no more stubbornly follow their own evil heart.
Zechariah 2:11, And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.