Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

Redemption and Salvation

God shows Jeremiah a future dialogue between God and Israel when Israel finally accepts God’s invitation to be reconciled, redeemed and saved.

Restoration of the Land

ome people believe that when God issued Israel divorce papers, that it would be forever (Isaiah 50:1). But God never breaks His covenant relationship with Israel. His promise to Jeremiah confirms His everlasting love for Israel and His plans for her future – the restoration of the Land as well as the people.

Redemption and Salvation

Josiah was one of the most righteous kings of the Southern Kingdom (Judah). He called the people to repent and return to the Lord. He destroyed all the high places where the people sacrificed to false Gods and committed terrible acts of rebellion. But the people’s repentance wasn’t from the heart and they soon turned back to their wicked ways.

Righteousness (Relationship)

The chapter and verse divisions in our modern Bibles did not exist in the original and ancient scrolls. Jeremiah continues sharing God’s reasons for bringing judgement on Israel.

Before Israel could take possession of the land of her inheritance, she had to cleanse it of the defilement of the inhabitants. Today God’s command to kill every man, woman and child seems to be horrible and unfair; but it shows how intolerant God is of sin and the devastation it causes.

God’s unique relationship with Israel

God reminds Israel of His covenant relationship with her.  He did so much to bless her and yet she rebelled against His goodness, grace and mercy.  This is just as true today as it was when Jeremiah called the people to repent.

The Nations

God not only made and keeps His promises to Israel, He also made and keeps His promises to the nations.

God’s Unique relationship with Israel

Yesterday we prayed that Israel would remember and believe God’s promises about restoring the land and the nation of Israel.  Throughout Israel’s history God made and kept His promises.

Restoration of the Land

The state of Israel is proof that God’s Word is true; that He will not break His promises.  Israel wasn’t “born” in 1948, she was re-established as a nation.  Thousands of years ago God warned Israel that there would come a day when He would exile her from the land, but He promised that He would bring her back. 

Tisha b’ Av-Call to reflection

On this day when Israel mourns the destruction of the Temple, let us remember that God is ready and willing to forgive and to bless.  He is waiting for Israel to repent and return to Him.

Tisha b’Av-A Time to Mourn

The God of Israel so loves Israel; He calls her the “apple of His eye.”  Try to imagine how His heart must break to watch His Beloved suffer.  Like a loving parent who must discipline a child, He knows what is best despite His personal pain.