These are some exciting verses that illustrates the surprise of a desolated House of Israel at the righteous posterity that will be raised up to possess the promised land.
Verse 16 is profoundly moving and encouraging. The Lord describes his capacity to remember us in terms of his suffering and crucifixion by saying, "I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands." This is the evidence that the Lord Jesus Christ gives that he will not forsake His people and that He will honor the covenant that He has made with the House of Israel.
What follows are reassuring words of hope in the promise of a righteous posterity.
- "Thy children shall make haste against thy destroyers,"(vs 17). This seems to suggests that whatever was a struggle for us in our day and time shall be much easier to overcome for the next generation that is brought up in righteousness.
- "Lift up thine eyes round about and behold; all these gather themselves together, and they shall come to thee," (vs 18). This reminds me that there are many that long for the ways of the righteous, and many will find them.
- The actuality of such a posterity yet comes as such a surprise to the remnant of the house of Israel that they ask "Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children. " (vs 21).