Jeremiah likens Israel, and therefore we Christians too, to a woman who leaves her husband and lives with many lovers as a prostitute. God’s question “would you now return to me?” is answered in verses 12-13. This great call to return is given to a city that did not listen. Lord, may our loved ones and country listen!
* God of love and mercy, thank You for Your word today.
“I have not relented, nor will I turn back.”
This is a hard word.
God brought His fierce wrath on His people. They were pillaged and plundered, taken into captivity. And the Lord brought this about.
“For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’ – in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.”
In the new testament book of Romans, Paul delves deep into the law and sin. We read in chapter 7,
“For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. … Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
Who is it that delivers us from death, from our sin – the sin that continues to captivate and wrap around us?
Who is it that brings about new life in us, a new heart the does know how to please God, growing the obedience of faith?
It is Jesus! He is our DELIVERER!
* Dear Lord God,
Thank You for sending You in the person of the Son – Jesus our King and Saviour.
Thank You that this passage in Jeremiah reminds us of what we have in Jesus.
Please make us more like Him each day.