Jeremiah 30: Planning to Communicate
Jeremiah 30 is largely a prophetic chapter. It is speaking about the time that the children of Israel will be brought back to the Promised Land and will finally be reconciled with God. This is not referring to the Babylonian captivity because not all of Israel was affected by that. That was an event for the people of Judah and apparently some of the people of Benjamin. In other words, this is talking about a time that will be even farther in the future.
I wonder if that is why the chapter begins as it does.
Jer 30:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Jer 30:2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
Jer 30:3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
God is basically saying that in the future, these events are going to happen. However, He wants Jeremiah to write them down right now. Why? Anyone can claim that they prophesied something in the past, but if you actually have it in writing, the evidence is that much more convincing and believable.
I think that this can demonstrate that God is the master architect. He has planned everything out in such a way that the whole picture fits together. For example, God could have spoken to Jeremiah, and it would have been perfect. However, if Jeremiah had never written it down, I can’t imagine we would know very much of it today. Maybe someone would have written it down eventually, but it would not have been from the source; it could have been a few generations away which is a potential problem.
God knew that it was important for His word to be put into a book. It is just one of the many ways that He has planned little details in the world that you may think it would be easy to overlook if you had done job of running everything. However, God, the perfect King, is able to deal with all of that.