My Grandpa used to call Jeremiah 33:3 God’s phone number. Call upon the Lord and He will show you great and wonderful things.
Jeremiah 33:3 - This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
But what does this passage mean in context? And what is it that God will show us if we call upon His name?
Jeremiah 33 is a reminder from God to Israel that even though He has allowed them to be taken into exile, He has not forgotten His covenants with Abraham, Israel and David. God will bless Israel and keep His covenant as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow.
Jeremiah 33:19-22 - The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’”
And how is God going to accomplish His promises? Through a righteous ‘Branch’.
Jeremiah 33:15-16 - “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.
“‘In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.
In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’
But how has God fulfilled His promises? Through Jesus! Jesus is the righteous branch - and we are the Israel of God. Jesus is both King and Priest and we are also priests in His Kingdom - a chosen nation and a royal priesthood.
1 John 2:1 - My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
Romans 9:6 - It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.
Galatians 6:16 - Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule–to the Israel of God.
1 Peter 2:4,9-10 - As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ…But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
The ‘great and wonderful things’ Jeremiah was referring to are the faithfulness of God to keep His covenants. Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of that expectation - He is the righteous Branch. And we are His people.