Growup: day 209

I realised coming back from holidays that i am a bit behind (I forgot to pick up a term 3 booklet!) but i believe we’re up to Jeremiah 43 – 46…

In today’s reading, one thing that stuck out was the word “disaster” (or “great disaster”). Jeremiah was prophesying God’s judgment raining down upon Israel and Judah for their rejection and rebellion against him. God sent Jeremiah to bring the news of this disaster but with a glimmer of hope, that they needed to humble themselves and turn away from burning incense to other gods. The people rejected this word from God and continued to commit detestable things.

It ends with God declaring…

‘ “Do not fear, O Jacob my servant, for I am with you, ” declares the Lord. “Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.”

God’s people will be disciplined so that they turn back to him and live for him and his glory. Where ultimately is this hope found…? In Jesus, restoring us to him, taking the punishment that we deserved. God’s justice is fulfilled in Jesus’ sacrifice.

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