Amid the doom and gloom of Jeremiah’s prophesies were also words of hope. God stated that Israel and Judah would return to the land that He had given to their fathers. That occurred during the lifetimes of many of them. Another kingdom was also promised. “But they shall serve the Lord their God, And David their king, Whom I will raise up for them.” They would not serve the dead King David, but a new King, Jesus, the Christ on David’s throne in a new kingdom, the church. Their former captors would have been destroyed because of their wickedness.
Israel had been completely annihilated except for a few who had escaped the swords of Assyria. They would be permitted to return to their land and worship at Zion, the rebuilt Jerusalem. Their lives would be rich with abundant harvests.
Jeremiah’s words of Rachel weeping for her children showed the great sorrow that surrounded the captivity of God’s people. Rachel’s weeping also looked forward to the time many years later when King Herod ordered the killing of all male children less than two years of age. Herod was attempting to destroy Jesus whom he thought to be a rival for his throne. That throne, however, is a spiritual throne that governs by a new covenant prophesied by Jeremiah—one in which man’s sins are blotted out forever.