At last – I’ve got to the end of Jeremiah

I’m pleased to say that I have read all of Jeremiah and glad to be able to cross it off the list. Still a fair way to go to the end of the Old Testament.

It was a time of many warning from God telling his people to turn back, begging them. And yet they didn’t want to believe that Jeremiah was giving a genuine message from God because it was unpleasant. People don’t like to be told they are wrong. In the end they were taken off into exile by the Babylonian’s.

The superpower of Babylon did’t escape God’s wrath though. They too would be bought down because of their evil ways. There is always hope that an evil superpower will get their just rewards. And God says that although his people will be punished, and disciplined, he will restore them.

Like many people I do not like to think of God as punishing people. Perhaps the ‘punishment’ is allowing the consequences of their evil to happen. I don’t know. But I do know that I believe the promises of restoration for his people have been fulfilled in Jesus. In him we find forgiveness for our waywardness and we find restoration and reconciliation with God.

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