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Breaching the Spiritual Exile (Jeremiah 31:1-19)

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Jeremiah is known as the prophet of disaster but amidst his message of doom is a message of hope and restoration. He prophesied the exile but he also declared the return of God’s children to their homeland. His encouragement to those in despair that the exile would end was based on a critical element of God’s relationship with His people: “They shall come with weeping and with compassion will I guide them. I will lead them to streams of water by a level road where they will not stumble. For I am ever a Father to Israel, Ephraim is My first born.” (verse 8) The people’s return from exile is predicated upon the idea that God would forgive them for their past misdeeds.

Such an idea was not to be taken for granted. Jeremiah’s reassurance........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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