Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.
SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In this passage, God talks about both “Israel” and “Judah”. During this time, Israel was split into two kingdoms, north and south (see 1 Kings 12 and 2 Chronicles 10), and Judah became the southern kingdom of Israel.
- God compares Israel and Judah to unfaithful wives. Israel (the northern kingdom) had already fallen to the nation of Assyria and its people had been taken into captivity as punishment for their sins of turning away from God.
- Although Judah saw what happened to Israel, the people of Judah remained insincere in their hearts. They talked about being God’s children but continued to worship other gods.
- In the second half of the chapter, God tells of a day when the nation would be reunited and sin would be seen for what it really is – a delusion and deception.
- God promises His blessings for those that would return to Him and “repent” (ask forgiveness for) their sins.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- God loves all of His children deeply and even if they have been disloyal to Him, He still desires them to return to Him with a truthful and authentic heart.
- God is forgiving and merciful to those who are genuine in their apologies and ask for His compassion.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Do you have areas in your life where you feel insincere or hypocritical? Today, meet with someone who knows you well and ask them to help you identify an area where you need more honesty and forgiveness.