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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
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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