As I read through Isaiah and Jeremiah, two things struck me. It’s was interesting to me that here in these books, after we’ve read all of this inspired history of Israel, God seems to give us His commentary and His response. Israel (and Judah) were immensely unfaithful and in Isaiah and Jeremiah He shares with us His perspective on their unfaithfulness in rather vibrant and graphic terms as well as what He will bring about in response to their “harlotry”.
The second thing that I noticed is how God displays His love and care for Israel in the book of Jeremiah. If you just read the book of Jeremiah you may be wondering what in the world I’m talking about. Yes, I did read Jeremiah 15 where God tells Jeremiah to send this people away from His presence and continues in verse 2
Thus says the Lord: “Those destined for death to death; And those destined for the sword, to the sword; And those destined for famine, to famine; And those destined for captivity, to captivity.” “And I shall appoint over them four kinds of doom”, declares the Lord: “the sword to slay, the dogs to drag off, and the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. And I shall make them an object of horror among all the kingdoms of the earth.”
I also read the rest of the fifty some chapters that talk about Israel’s unfaithfulness and the judgment that God is going to bring upon them. Let me tell you it isn’t pretty. So you may wonder why God’s love struck me in these passages.
Well, first of all we know that the God of the Bible does not change, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. We also know that love is part of God’s character. As a matter of fact, love must be defined in God’s terms or it is not love. So we know that God’s reaction to Israel’s sin is a loving reaction and this is confirmed to us toward the end of Jeremiah.
O Jacob My servant, do not fear, declares the Lord, For I am with you. For I shall make a full end of all the nations where I have driven you, Yet I shall not make a full end of you; But I shall correct you properly and by no means leave you unpunished. (46:28)
God, because of His loving nature, must not leave Israel unpunished ( Hebrews 12:5-11).
Then God assures Israel that they are not forsaken, even in the midst of their guilt.
For neither Israel nor Judah has been forsaken by his God, the Lord of hosts, although their land is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel.
Our family is caught up on our 90 Day Challenge Bible readings. Let us know how you are doing so that we can better pray for you. If you wrote a post please feel free to link up here. Don’t forget to also link up at Mom’s Toolbox tomorrow.
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