“Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel!” – Jeremiah 31:3-4
Bible scholars often call chapters 30-33 the “Book of Consolation”. At this time the people were now in Exile. They were stripped from their land and put under a yoke of bondage in Babylon, just like Jeremiah had been proclaiming to them. The people were now humbled and at a place where their hearts were prepared to listen to the Lord. And if you look closely at vs 4 here, you will see that God once again calls them “virgin” when at one time He called them harlots. What is the significance? They once sold themselves to other gods but now they were made pure again. Who else can restore us to purity other than our God?
Restoration is the plan. We were all born into sin, every single one of us (Romans 3:23; 5:12). But God comes to restore. Remember the story of Levi (Matthew) in Luke 5? Levi was sitting in his tax office ripping the people off by collecting more taxes from them that were required and pocketing the rest. The Jews hated him because he was a Jew working for the Romans and Gentiles and taking advantage of his own people. The rest of the world applauded him. He was an entrepreneur and a CEO who “took the bull by the horns”. He was the kind of guy who said, “it’s not personal, it’s just business.” But to God and Levi’s conscience, it was very personal and it began to weigh on him.
Levi became very empty in his soul and everything he had built and trusted in became of no value to him. And at that very moment, who do you think came walking into his office and his life? Jesus the Messiah. Jesus sees Levi sitting in his office and says, “That’s enough son, time to come back and follow Me and be restored.”
Are you in need of restoration today? Is your life off track? Are you successful in business and unsuccessful spiritually? Does the world applaud you yet you still feel empty? Jesus is telling you, like He did with Levi, “it is time to come home.”