Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jeremiah 7-8

(January 17, 2015)

                The love and mercy of God, like most other things, are understood only in the extremities.  Here we have a concise description of the failures of Israel – they are idolaters, a den of robbers, sacrificing their children to heathen gods.  And yet, even with all of their wickedness the Lord still extends to them the same promise – repent and be preserved.  The problem isn’t that we consume the full extent of God’s mercy.  The problem is that our wickedness takes us so far down the wrong path that we lose the capacity (or the willingness, which might be the same thing) to make our way back.

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