Jeremiah 31:15-34; Matthew 2:16-23
“Thus says the LORD: ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.’ Thus says the LORD:’Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the LORD, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope for your future, declares the LORD, and your children shall come back to their own country….not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” – Jeremiah 31:15-17, 32-34
“Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.’ But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.’ And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. – Mathew 2:16-21
jeremiah gave a prophesy that there would be a time of mourning for the people of israel. in jeremiah’s time God would bring his judgment on his unfaithful people by exiling them out of israel to a foreign land for a period of time. yet, there would also come a time when the people would not only return to their homeland of israel but that God himself would unite his heart to his people. hundreds of years before jeremiah, God delivered his people from slavery in egypt to a new home in a land called israel. hundreds of years after jeremiah, as prophesied through him, God would deliver his people from spiritual slavery to a heavenly home. The first time children of israel came up out of egypt the people were given a covenant that they would have to obey to receive the blessings of God. This second time a child, The Child, of israel came up out of egypt the people were given a covenant that God himself carried out for us so that we would receive the blessings of God. the second deliverance was even greater than the first. He would bring us home by making His home in us. His love has put His word into our hearts so that we would really know Him. His love has done the work, the work we failed to do. His love has forgiven us. His love is steadfast.
is there anything we need to mourn over in our lives? how can we meditate on His promises and trust that He has and He will do in us a greater work that what we can not do?
thank you Lord that you bring us back…back to you.