Big Idea: Only God can create a new person out of the old one. (After 29 chapters focusing on judgment, we finally come to four chapters (30-33) that focus on hope, salvation and restoration.)

Jeremiah 30-33 presents God's great promise of redemption, deliverance, and restoration of his shattered people. It is called the "Book of Consolation." It may be better called the "Book of Restoration." Recent sermons:

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jer 31:3).

“Is not Ephraim the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for himI have great compassion for him,” declares the Lord (Jer 31:20).

Big Idea: When your heart is aching and longing for something, you need to know God’s plans of peace for you. [God's Plans of Peace for His People.]

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you (give you shalom) and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’” (Jer 29:11-13).

Big idea: A Heart To Know God…even when things fall apart and the darkness is coming (Jeremiah 24-28)

I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart” (Jeremiah 24:7).

Jeremiah lived during the worst period of his nation's history. He predicted and saw with his own eyes the defeat and destruction of his people, city, temple and nation. Two peoms--by Yeats and Dylan--perphaps capture in words their dire situation. Two lines best sum up their times (and perhaps our times as well): Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. It's not dark yet, but it's getting there.

The Second Coming, W.B. Yeats, 1919 

Things fall apartthe center cannot hold;