Jeremiah 32

Jeremiah 32 has the prophet sitting in jail at the hand of Zedekiah the king of Judah.  He was not happy with what Jeremiah was prophesying.  “Why do you prophesy and say….Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon.”  Not really how to win friends and influence people – to tell the king he’s going down.  But Jeremiah was a faithful prophet who just told it like God told him, even if the message wasn’t well received.

God has been paying attention. His “eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds”.  The people of Jerusalem and Judah were living for themselves and ignoring God’s commands.  “They did not obey your voice or walk in your law. They did nothing of all you commanded them to do”.  Let’s be clear – the people were ignoring pretty much all that God had told them to do.  This wasn’t a minor infraction.  It was blatant disregard for God and all He is.

The children of Israel and the children of Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth. The children of Israel have done nothing but provoke me to anger by the work of their hands”.  Sin is always a choice, and usually includes action.  God’s people violated His Word and His commandments.  It isn’t as if this was some small mistake.  It wasn’t as though they didn’t know.  God makes that clear by saying “though I have taught them  persistently, they have not listened to receive instruction”.  The people knew the choice they were making.  That’s what sin is – a choice to disobey.

So Jeremiah makes it clear that God’s people are going into captivity.  Nebuchadnezzar will take them and destroy their city.  In spite of decades and generations of sin though, God still loves His people.  He has to address their sin, but He isn’t turning His back on them. He has a plan for restoration. “I will gather them from all the countries….they shall be my people, and I will be their GodI will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever….I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me”.  God always has a plan for us to return to Him.  His arms are open.  We merely need to confess, repent and receive His love and grace through Christ!

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