Week 31   Day 6

 

A constant theme

            throughout this book

            is the faithfulness of God

            and the unfaithfulness of God's people 

Jeremiah pictures it as a husband

            with a bride

            who turns against him 

 

 

Jeremiah is called "the weeping prophet" 

He speaks on behalf of God

            the rejected one

the one whose heart is grieved beyond measure

            because of the waywardness of his people

            and the destructive choices they make

 

 

God's vision of heaven is that

            adulterous Israel

            become virgin Israel again--

a dream that is not impossible

            because God is willing

            to forget past sins

            and start all over again

            with a new beginning

if and when the people receive

            the writing of God's law

            on their hearts.

 

 

 

                                      SEVENTY YEARS
                         Instructions for captive people: 

                      build, plant, marry, increase, hope.
                         Jeremiah 29 & Lamentations 3

 

     1These are the words of the letter that Jeremiah sent from

Jerusalem to the priests, prophets, and all the captives.

     4Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who

were carried away captive:  5Build houses and dwell in them;

plant gardens and eat their fruit.  6Take wives and beget sons

and daughters; take wives for your sons and give your daughters

to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters--that you

may be increased there, and not diminished. 

     7Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you

to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in

its peace you will have peace.

     10After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will perform
My good word toward you, and cause you to
return to this place. 
11For I know the thoughts I think toward
you,  thoughts of peace
and not of evil, to give you a future and
a hope.  12Then you will
call upon Me and go and pray to Me,
and I will listen to you. 
13You will seek Me and find Me,
when you search for Me with
all your heart.  14 I will be found
by you, and I will bring you back
from your captivity; I will
gather you from all the nations.

 

     2God has made me to walk in darkness and not in light. 

18 I said, "My strength and my hope have perished." 

19Remember my affliction and roaming, the wormwood and

the gall.  20My soul still remembers and sinks within me. 

     21This I recall, therefore I have hope.  22Through the Lord's

mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail

not.  23They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

     25The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul

who seeks Him.  26 It is good that one should hope and wait

quietly for the salvation of the Lord.  27 It is good for a man to

bear the yoke in his youth.  28Let him sit alone and keep silent.  

     31The Lord will not cast off forever.  32Though He causes
grief, yet He will show compassion according to the
multitude
of His mercies.  33He does not afflict willingly. 
40Let us
search out and examine our ways, and turn back to
the Lord.
41Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven.

     55 I called on Your name, O Lord, from the lowest pit. 

56You heard my voice.   57You drew near on the day I called

on You and said, "Do not fear!"
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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