- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 3
With the analogy of marriage and family relationship, prophet Jeremiah speaks for God explaining the condition of Judah. Each family member plays a role to explain Jeremiah’s prophetic message.
Jeremiah serves as the confident of the divine husband for his wife, Judah. Northern Israel is her sister. God warns Judah of her infidelity, going after other gods, idolatry. She did not learn from her sister Northern Israel who was abandoned by God for her infidelity, and she was sent away by her divine husband. Northern Israel was destroyed by Assyria in 721BC.
God calls Jeremiah to intercede for his estranged wife and her sister, inviting them to return, to change the course of their life and return to God. “Return to God,” is the important theme in the book of Jeremiah.
God promises to take them back if they return. However, even if they do not return, God will invite their children to return without condition. God will send good shepherd, a king who will rule them right. Then two sisters, Israel and Judah, will be restored again.
The message of Jeremiah, a divine husband, is how he wants to give his wife a special inheritance. “steadfast love of God,” is overarching message in the book of Jeremiah in descriptive ways.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?
4. Sing a song, “How deep the Father’s love for me.”