July 13 Redemption and Salvation

Yesterday’s scripture ended with the glorious promise that Israel would once again turn their hearts to God and away from all their other ‘gods’ and distractions.

But before there can be healing, the spiritual wounds must be cleansed through correction. Just as a wound must be lanced and disinfected, the process is painful.  But in the end there is healing.

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Jeremiah 30: 11b-17: … I will correct you in justice, 
and will not let you go altogether unpunished.’

“For thus says the Lord: ‘your affliction is incurable, 
your wound is severe. There is no one to plead your cause, 
that you may be bound up;
you have no healing medicines. All your lovers have forgotten you; 
they do not seek you; 
 for I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy, 
with the chastisement of a cruel one,
for the multitude of your iniquities,
because your sins have increased.

Why do you cry about your affliction? 
  Your sorrow is incurable. 
Because of the multitude of your iniquities, 
because your sins have increased, 
I have done these things to you. For I will restore health to you
and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord, 
 ‘because they called you an outcast saying: 
 “This is Zion; 
no one seeks her.”’

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