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?