“Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will bring back the captivity of Jacobs’s tents,
and have mercy on his dwellings places; the city shall be built upon its own
mound, and the palace shall remain according to its own plan. Then out of them
shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply
them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be
small...You shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Jeremiah 30:18-19, 22).
God issued a promise to the children of Israel that though they would spend decades sojourning as captives in Babylon, He would deliver them and provide great prosperity. This prophecy of the rebuilding of Jerusalem began with the work of Ezra, Nehemiah, Zerubbabel, and others, and it most certainly was rebuilt, including the temple and the city walls. However, God’s promises were to come in conjunction with Israel choosing to fully, and loyally serve God in His mission, and to enter into a loving relationship with Him (vs. 22). His intention was for His relationship with Israel to be an example to prepare the world for Christ’s first arrival. History confirms that not only was the world not ready for His 1st Coming, Israel was not ready either.
Today, God’s promise is extended to believers of all nations. Though Christ has already come to this earth, He has promised to come again! He is asking for all people to faithfully serve Him, and to enter into a loving relationship with Him. His promise is to finally deliver us from this sinful world and the great prosperity of eternity with Him in the new earth. On that day, all of His people will join together for the greatest Thanksgiving Day offering songs of rejoicing, praise, and thanksgiving.
This Thanksgiving, millions of people will enjoy the company of their families in homes full of delicious aromas and tables laden down with scrumptious foods. Others will engage in games, television, and other forms of entertainment. Many will work, while others are thankful to find a shelter with hot soup. However we spend this holiday, as we gather around the holiday table and give thanks for all our earthly blessings, let’s remember the greatest blessing for us all; the promise and hope for a future with the One who loves us so much He was willing to give up everything and die in our place, so that we can spend eternity together.
God bless and Happy Thanksgiving!
Pastor Vince Woolsey