Fulfilled

from Lynda Lindsey

The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising His words and scoffing at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord rose against His people, until there was no remedy. II Chronicles 36:15-16

Therefore He brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans…  II Chronicles 36:17(a)

He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its Sabbaths. All the days that it lay desolate it kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years. II Chronicles 36:20-21

A task or job fulfilled is a task brought to completion; what was promised has become a finished reality. All God’s words will be fulfilled; He does what He has planned and decreed from eternity past. Jeremiah saw a vision at his commissioning; God’s response after Jeremiah described the vision was, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.” Jeremiah, a faithful servant of the Lord, obediently proclaimed all the words the Lord put in his mouth; God watched over and brought His words to completion.  

God, full of compassion, persistently warned His people: turn away from vile, evil practices, return, repent, acknowledge God. Persistently God’s rebellious people scoffed, mocked, and despised God, spurning His gracious overtures of reconciliation. There was no remedy. God fulfilled His promise. Jerusalem and the temple were looted, burned, and left desolate. God’s people were carried away into Babylonian captivity. God fulfilled His word. Seventy years passed. The land enjoyed seventy Sabbaths of exile. God’s promised words were brought to completion.

God fulfills all His promises: His steadfast love would never depart from His people, David’s house and kingdom would be made sure forever, a remnant would return from exile. Persia’s King Cyrus proclaimed the Lord’s charge to build God’s house in Jerusalem and invited the exiles to return to rebuild their temple. God’s promises continue. There is a remedy for sin. God made Jesus, who had no sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Accept Jesus, for only in Him, our Sabbath rest, will we find peace and fulfillment, now and for eternity.