When we speak of restoration we are to understand that we are brought back into the divine Will as was before the worlds began. This is to be spiritually discerned. In the epistle to the Hebrews the writer argues that when Abraham gave tithes to the King of Salem Patriarch Levi was yet in his loins. It is how the Spirit explains time aspect of people in terms of the everlasting covenant. God’s promises to Israel and the laws of Moses by the same rationale can be traced back to the Lord Almighty. The Father-Son relationship is not anything apart from the covenant signifying this Name. Our Father which art in heaven so begins the Lord’s Prayer what the Son has taught us..
‘…He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world..(Ep.1:4)’ is yet another. God is a Spirit. The earth was void and without form so what home we consider is to be spiritually understood, and in order to locate it we only need to consider the verse: ‘The Spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters (Ge.1:2b).’ Simply put we all were part of the divine Will. But sin has made it impossible for us to go back without help.
Soul is a term a spiritual tag indication of spiritual self as distinct from our physical selves.
Apostle Peter refers to the above in this verse,”but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls (1 Pe.2:25)”. How do we say what goes beyond our physical realities but by soul? Jesus taught us whom to fear. “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell(Matt.10:28)”.
Our true state is indicated by soul. In other words it provides a compass to aid us if ever we are earnest about it.
Consider the metaphor of sheep. We all have been led forth from our pen by the Shepherd and we have a home to go it. How we got lost and strayed this far owes to our fallen state, It is where we have been brought over to the precipice of destruction by foolish shepherds, of whom Prophet Isaiah characterized as ‘they all look to their own way, every one for his gain…(Is.56:11)” Restoration is when we can say “O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name (Is.26:13)”. In order to arrive there we have to realize how far we have fallen. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way….(Is.53:6). We can never find our way by our own strength or merits. It is where we find in the word of God of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd. “….And the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all”. So salvation must precede restoration. Eternal salvation in the divine Will has been fulfilled and we must submit ourselves to Jesus the Good Shepherd to lead us home. ‘I am the Way’. He is Truth and also life.
‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ truly speaks of finding way home in terms of the divine Will to which what our Good Shepherd has achieved is restoration in true sense. I and my Father are one (John10:30)”. What is divine Will? It is Power and Wisdom of the Almighty God. The manner our sins have been blotted out and remembered no more is how the Spirit explains divine Power. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more(He,8:12;Is.43:25)”.
We saw how the Spirit places the events on the earth in terms of people, places and events in terms of God’s Time. So prophecies are not merely restricted to Israel or Judah but to the everlasting covenant so earth and new earth are indicative of restoration. Here below Jeremiah speaks of restoring the fortunes of Judah and Israel and consequently draws us to the end times. Earlier during the study of Isaiah we had discussed the new earth where there shall be no more sacrifices as old. It is the House of Prayer for all nations, as evidenced by v.16. “And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more” .
Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.
18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.
19 But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.
20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the Lord.
21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the Lord their God.
22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God.
23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.
24 For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.
25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.