One is tempted to rattle on about the Rabbitoh’s and make ridiculous parallels to Israel being in exile, and true believers and final redemption… but that would only feed the souths fan’s post-exilic euphoria 😉
Our long journey in Chronicles has taken us through story after story of kings who failed to live up to their calling in leading the kingdom. Finally they are exiled, as Jeremiah prophesied, into Babylon as judgement.
“This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years” Jer 25:11
This feels like to end. But Jeremiah also prophesied,
“But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,” declares the LORD” Jer 25:12
Then if we were to read Isaiah 40, we would read “Comfort, comfort my people,says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’S hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God”
Isaiah and Jeremiah foretell Ezra 1. THEY ARE GOING HOME!
God has released his captives and so the second exodus is about to take place. Israel is going back to re-claim and to reflect on what it means to be a kingdom for God again… This remnant are in for some surprises. They will try to retrace their steps but God has another plan for this post-exilic community. From this community God will raise a true king, and through Him God will raise up His true kingdom.
In Romans 11 Paul is thinking about the fate of Israel as the kingdom.
Did God reject Israel? Has God moved on to another people? Paul explains that despite appearances God always worked with a remnant of the true faithful who exist within the apparent community or church. God sees them because they are His elect. It was the same for Elijah’s day with apostate Israel and the true ‘hidden’ Israel. Even today God has his true remnant faithful inside of Israel and within the Christian church. God knows who His faithful are. This was why Jesus and Paul could talk of the ‘true sons of Abraham’.
The church will often look nominal, powerless, apostate, and compromised throughout history, but throughout history God is calling His remnant of faithful for the day of redemption, awaiting the return of the true king.
Yesterday, a lot of fair-weather bunnies fans turned up to claim glory. However the true bunnies-believers know it was their moment.
When it comes to God’s remnant, His true kingdom, are you a true believer?
Are you ready?