The Cure for Sin

20111118-091558.jpgBeginning in Jeremiah, chapter twelve, we see God begin to reveal to the prophet how His people will be punished because they have rejected Him. Using various analogies, the people are described as useless, arrogant, hungry, and wandering. It would seem that there is little hope for these people. Yet, in chapter sixteen, God reveals these words to Jeremiah.

‘Therefore this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them. I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,” declares the LORD. “I will save you from the hands of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel.”’Jeremiah 15:19-21

It is somewhat confusing to me – are these words directed to the Israelite nation, or to Jeremiah personally? Before these words, there seems to be a conflictive train of thought between God and Jeremiah. God keeps talking about the sin of the people, and Jeremiah keeps inserting his complaints that the people have rejected him personally. And if it is directed to Jeremiah, then this would imply that he has some unconfessed sin to deal with.

We will likely discover the answer to this question in later chapters, but I think it is worth noting that the path laid out by God for restoration – repentance, righteous words, and a rededicated devotion to God – is a recipe that works for all – even for us today.


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