“O Israel,” says the LORD, “if you wanted to return to me, you could. You could throw away your detestable idols and stray away no more. Then when you swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ you could do so with truth, justice, and righteousness. Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people would come and praise my name.””
Jeremiah 4:1-2 NLT
The first two chapters of Jeremiah represent an appointment to the office gift of the prophet and the need to address the secular shepherds. These next two chapters speak about the redemption plan of God. When we fall, stray or miss the mark, trust that there can always be good spiritual guidance to help you move forward in a renewed life.
God has such a love for Israel. He has a love for us.
Christ is revealed! ❤️
Through his action and attitude Jeremiah portrays a lifestyle similar to that of Jesus, and for this reason he may be called a type of Christ in the Old Testament. He showed great compassion for his people and wept over them. He suffered much at their hands, but he forgave them. Jeremiah is one of the most Christlike personalities in the Old Testament.
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Recovery is possible!!
Don’t ever think it’s too late for you if you have fallen. In the worst of the worst–His mercy endures forever!
Get back up!
Get back in!
Get in the fight to move ahead!
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Trans (Thoroughly Changing) indicates the process of change.
Allow God to do the work in you.
Matthew Henry’s commentary for Jeremiah 4:
See God’s readiness to pardon sin, and the blessings reserved for gospel times. These words were proclaimed toward the north; to Israel, the ten tribes, captive in Assyria. They are directed how to return. If we confess our sins, the Lord is faithful and just to forgive them. These promises are fully to come to pass in the bringing back the Jews in after-ages. God will graciously receive those that return to him; and by his grace, he takes them out from among the rest. The ark of the covenant was not found after the captivity. The whole of that dispensation was to be done away, which took place after the multitude of believers had been greatly increased by the conversion of the Gentiles, and of the Israelites scattered among them. A happy state of the church is foretold. He can teach all to call him Father; but without thorough change of heart and life, no man can be a child of God, and we have no security for not departing from Him.
Jeremiah was a good spiritual shepherd. God used Jeremiah as a mouthpiece to proclaim repentance and redemption. Rather than live in a rebellious state, there is a way to follow the right path. The right path is the one He shows us, not the one where we think is right in our own sight.