God's mercy; punishment of
The prophet Jeremiah was one of the greatest prophets in biblical history, and few have suffered so much public humiliation, rejection, and hostility. For more than 40 years, he warned the Israelites to believe Moses and follow the Law or to face the judgment of God for their sins. Eventually, because they failed to repent, they faced the inevitable destruction of their glorious
God does not permit suffering just for the sake of punishment. It always has a twofold purpose: first, as judgment upon sin, but, second, to allow the offenders the opportunity to repent and commit their lives to Him. We can truly praise the Lord that He forgives us of all our sins when we repent and confess them to Him (I John 1:9). Jeremiah the prophet assures us: Though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies (Lamentations 3:32).
After the destruction of the
The once-powerful, proud
The righteous always suffer in the midst of a wicked nation; but, for the Christian, suffering should open our eyes to the true values of life. We have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us. . . . they verily (truly) for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure (judgment); but He (God) for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness (Hebrews 12:9-10).
3:5 builded against =b> besieged; 3:9 inclosed =b> blocked; 3:14 a derision =b> a laughingstock; 3:15 wormwood =b> bitterness; 3:29 putteth his mouth in the dust =b> speaks humbly; 4:10 sodden =b> boiled.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 100:5