May 15: God’s Unique Relationship with Israel

Jeremiah 3:11-15

Then the Lord said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say:

‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord; 
‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. 
For I am merciful,’ says the Lord; 
‘I will not remain angry forever.

Only acknowledge your iniquity, 
that you have transgressed against the Lord your God, 
and have scattered your charms
 to alien deities under every green tree, 
and you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the Lord.

“Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Despite their continued rebellion, God never stops calling His people back into a covenant relationship.  Israel is His firstborn son and His “Betrothed.”

PRAY FOR BACKSLIDING ISRAEL TO REPENT AND RETURN TO THE LORD THEIR MAKER AND HUSBAND.

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