Our scripture this morning is Jeremiah 31:23‭-‬25.

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity, the people of Judah and its towns will again say, ‘The Lord bless you, O righteous home, O holy mountain!’ Townspeople and farmers and shepherds alike will live together in peace and happiness. For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.”

Jeremiah is sometimes known as the “weeping prophet” due to his sorrow over Israel not obeying God’s law. He told them of the coming wrath – an invasion from Babylon – which would destroy the Temple and their way of life. However, he also prophesied about God’s love and forgiveness for those who repent and their joyous return to their homeland to rebuild their society. We could learn much from Jeremiah’s teaching about life today. If we don’t heed the warnings we are given and turn to the Lord, Israel’s fate then could also be ours.

Heavenly Father, You hold all things in Your mighty hand. Help us to see the error of our ways and follow the path to salvation through Jesus Christ our savior. Amen.

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