God of Forgiveness . . .
Jeremiah 36:1-7 NLT
During the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king in Judah, the LORD gave this message to Jeremiah: “Get a scroll, and write down all my messages against Israel, Judah, and the other nations. Begin with the first message back in the days of Josiah, and write down every message, right up to the present time. Perhaps the people of Judah will repent when they hear again all the terrible things I have planned for them. Then I will be able to forgive their sins and wrongdoings.” So Jeremiah sent for Baruch son of Neriah, and as Jeremiah dictated all the prophecies that the LORD had given him, Baruch wrote them on a scroll. Then Jeremiah said to Baruch, “I am a prisoner here and unable to go to the Temple. So you go to the Temple on the next day of fasting, and read the messages from the LORD that I have had you write on this scroll. Read them so the people who are there from all over Judah will hear them. Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the LORD’s forgiveness before it is too late. For the LORD has threatened them with his terrible anger.”
Reflection . . .
From the very beginning, through the prophets, the New Testament and the Gospel message, God has always been forgiving! The gospel is the ultimate point and story of forgiveness!
The story of Jeremiah is an interesting one! It’s not easy to understand the timeline and the story jumps around quite a bit. On the whole, the book of Jeremiah is about God calling his people back to himself offering them forgiveness, but they choose to continue deep in their rebellion and sin, turning their backs on God. All the prophets can be summarized in these words:
Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the LORD’s forgiveness before it is too late.
Sometimes we wonder in today’s world, “will people turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it’s too late?” We don’t know. All we can do is pray and be available, like Jeremiah, to take God’s message of forgiveness to them. Does your heart ache for those who do not know the Lord? Then pray for them! Ask the Lord to show you/give you the words to say to them and be available to communicate them.