The Lord declares for them to reform their ways and their actions.
These chapters are the precursor to Jeremiah predicting the destruction of Jerusalem.
Today’s Nourishment: The Lord communicates his frustration [Chapter 8]:
“‘When people fall down, do they not get up?
When someone turns away, do they not return?
5 Why then have these people turned away?
Why does Jerusalem always turn away?
He voices his sadness [Chapter 8]:
Since my people are crushed, I am crushed;
I mourn, and horror grips me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then is there no healing
for the wound of my people?
In the same declaration he says [Chapter 9]:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.
The people of Judah had forsaken the Lord and He still declares that if they change their ways and turn their hearts to His understanding and justice that he will show kindness.
The Grace of His forgiveness never leaves us. The Lord’s love is so incredible, His faith in us never waivers – even when we let Him down! What a wonderful God we have! “Let the one who boasts, boast about this!”
Tomorrow’s Delight: Jeremiah 10-13
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