will be the recipients
of the covenant‟s provisions, (
, and it also states where it is tobe carried out (i.e., Jerusalem, the holy city).In fact such a future Covenant had been foretold in Isaiah 59:20-21, and also in Isaiah 61:8b-10.
“And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in
Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me,
this is my covenant with them,
saith the LORD; My spirit thatis upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out
of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth
and for ever.
and I will make an everlasting covenant
with them. And their seed shall beknown among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledgethem, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soulshall be joyful in my God
; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hathcovered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridgegroom decketh himself with ornaments, andas a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Furthermore the two special aspects of this new covenant
salvation and righteousness - had alreadybeen committed to scripture by Jeremiah.If we go back to
“In the first year of Darius the son of A
hasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign
I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of
“Hmmmm…” (As Yoda of Star Wars fame would say) “Reading books –
has Daniel been? Jeremiahit was...!
Daniel had obviously been reading
where he warned the Nation about the comingdesolation of Jerusalem
by the Babylonians who were rising to power in 606 B.C., and of Judah‟s future
captivity period of 70 years.
“Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words,
Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadnezzar theking of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitantsthereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them anastonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of themillstones, and the light of the candle.
And this whole land shall be a desolation, and anastonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shallcome to pass,
when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon,and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will
make it perpetual desolations.”
Jeremiah‟s letter to the first deported captives
in Babylon -
Skip over a few pages to Jeremiah chapter 29
to the actual letter that Jeremiah sent to the captives who
were carried away to Babylon in 597 B.C. prior to Jerusalem‟s destruction in 586 B.C., to give them