Israel needed someone far greater than Moses or Samuel to deliver them from God’s judgment. God Himself became that person! Take heart also from Jeremiah’s lament in verse 10 and the Lord’s promise to him in verses 11 and 19-21.
* Father God, thank You for Your word today. Please write it on our hearts that we might not sin against You.
“I am weary of relenting.”
This phrase is one of great terror and woe.
This phrase is part of God’s word, part of the message to the world around us.
This phrase is a foreshadowing of the last day where the full and final judgement of God is meted out.
For Israel in Jeremiah’s time, God grew weary of relenting for the overt sin of king and people, their continued rejection of Him.
In our day, today, how do we think God feels about the continued rejection of Him, the overt sin and disobedience, from the rich and poor alike, from the elder down to the younger?
Paul highlights this in Romans chapter 2,
“But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed.”
God’s wrath is coming!
How do we escape out from under it?
God speaks to Jeremiah,
“If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me.”
Return to God!
How do we do this?
The answer is Jesus.
God in the person of the Son, having borne our sins on the cross at Calvary, making it possible for us His people to return.
Through Christ’s work we are restored into a right relationship with our Creator God, keeping both sides of the covenant, and both aspects of blessing for obedience and cursing for disobedience.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* God Above,
Please show us Jesus today.
Please show those around us Jesus.
Bring us back to You!