“Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel and will rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me. It will be to Me a name of joy, praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace that I make for it.’” (33:6-9)
The restoration of the LORD is thorough. It’s prophesied to be so thorough that it will invoke fear and trembling in those refined. They will be so healed and filled with peace, goodness, praises and joy, that they with tremble with fear. Interesting.
The LORD set out to accomplish incredible things in this world and they were to bless us. Why would an all powerful, almighty God spend His efforts on our healing? He truly is love.
The world is broken and He is the healer and restorer. He doesn’t save us to make us safe, He makes us whole, He rights the wrongs, and here we see that He’s promising to do this to the nation of Israel, as they are getting carted off into exile.
That’s why He’s angry with them when they re-enslave their fellow man after formally setting them free. He said,
“I made a covenant with your forefathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, saying, ‘At the end of seven years each of you shall set free his Hebrew brother who has been sold to you and has served you six years, you shall send him out free from you; but your forefathers did not obey Me or incline their ear to Me’.” (34:13-14)
All brokenness, like slavery, came with an expiration date. In perfect time (7 years) all would be set right. Their refusal to cooperate with this, sent desperate times into desperate measures. The exile would be for their refining, but it too had an expiration: 70 years.
How has the LORD brought healing and restoration into your life? Where have you witnessed His refining fire for your purification? How do you think His powerful work of healing affects fear of Him?