I’m reading through Jeremiah. I was struck with Jeremiah’s admonition for Israel to return to the LORD in direct connection to blessings on the surrounding nations. Here is the passage. I include 3:25 because it accurately reflects Israel’s repentance in the sight of the LORD.
3:25 Let us lie down in our shame, and let our dishonor cover us. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day, and we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.
4:1 If you return, O Israel, declares the Lord,
to me you should return.
If you remove your detestable things from my presence,
and do not waver,
2 and if you swear, As the Lord lives,
in truth, in justice, and in righteousness,
then nations shall bless themselves in him,
and in him shall they glory.
So Jeremiah saw Israel’s return to the LORD directly connected to some type of blessing for surrounding nations because of the glory of the LORD within the nation of Israel. I have maintained for some time that Peter preached for Israel to repent because He knew that Israel’s repentance would prompt the return of Messiah. But now I wonder if Peter was actually echoing Jeremiah’s thoughts here. Are the times of refreshing and time for restoring all things in Acts 3 another way of wording Jeremiah’s prophecy of blessing for the nations? Let’s read what Peter preaches.
3:19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Jeremiah preached for Israel to return to the LORD. Peter preached for Israel’s leaders to repent. Jeremiah promised blessing for Israel and the surrounding nations. Peter promised Messiah’s return, times of refreshing, and restoration of all things. I think I see a pattern.
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