Here we will see that God gives them several promises concerning their future.
I. THEY WILL BE RETURNED TO THEIR POSSESSION VERSE 8.
The mountains of Israel are now desolate but God will cause men to walk upon them again. Not as travelers but as in habitants, not as tenants, but as freeholders.
II. THEIR LAND WILL BE PLENTIFUL AND FRUITFUL VERSE 9.
It will have been at rest for 70 years and is ready to be worked.
III. THE THIRD PROMISE IS CONCERNING THEIR FUTURE VERSES 10-11.
They will not only be comfortable in all the supplies but also in the land.
Their sin had unsettled them, but now God’s favor shall resettle them verses 16-24. I will do this for mine Holy name’s sake verse 22.
God said, “I will do better unto you than at your beginnings.”
There is more joy for the sheep that is brought back than there would have been if it had never gone astray. When the prodigal son repented he became settled in his father’s house once again.
God sometimes comforts his people in proportion to the time that He has afflicted them. God blessed Job more at the end than the beginning, and gave him double of all he had.
How can we relate these promises to our own lives? Well, how about salvation? That is certainly good! What was there so good in the beginning?
2 Chronicles 17:3, “And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;”
Revelation 2:5, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
A good lesson for us is to return to the FIRST THINGS that we used to do.
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORR0W!