August 23

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 33:10-13, 30:1-24, 31:1-26

Highlights: Some of the readings lately have been filled with doom and condemnation (Ezekiel 23 – the ugliest chapter in the Bible?). Today’s reading is one of hope, promises of restoration and joy. “In the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted….. there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, “Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever” (33:10-11). Today’s reading concludes with Jeremiah awakening (from a dream?) and he says “my sleep was sweet” (31:26).

Recently the prophet Ezekiel said Judah was a prostitute and we now see God describing the nation as the “virgin of Israel” (31:4, 21). One might wonder if He is talking about the same people? What do 31:3, 20 and other verses in this section say that can help us understand God’s feelings toward His people? What other factors might be involved?


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2 Responses to August 23

  1. Jimmy

    Well since no one seems to be chatty today, I say something. 31:3 says God loved Israel with an everlasting love. V20 says His heart still yearns for his child, and I think the point is that yes the nation did all those sinful things but God never stopped loving them and always hopes and believes in their potential. To actually experience God’s forgiveness requires sorrow for sin on their part, but God i ready and wants so badly to forgive, restore and forget the past.

  2. Norma

    I think nothing helps you to understand the love of God more than being a parent. No matter what your child does, if he turns his back on you, and rejects everything you believe in, you are always longing for him to return. You are always willing to take him back with open arms if only he will repent. God’s love is even more amazing, His forgiveness even more willing – He is always ready to love us and restore us if we will only follow Him.

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