Jeremiah’s message from the Lord in chapters 23 and 24 is about true or false prophets and about people who are good or bad. The false prophets were condemned for claiming to have received dreams from God, then using this claim to promote their own thoughts, which were, in fact, contrary to what God wanted them to say.
In contrast, God told Jeremiah about the people who had been exiled to Babylon. In reading the passage, it does not appear that they did anything particularly noble or righteous to join the group of exiles. They were simply where God wanted them to be. He promised to watch over them.
6 I will watch over and care for them, and I will bring them back here again. I will build them up and not tear them down. I will plant them and not uproot them. 7 I will give them hearts that recognize me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.
He renewed his covenant promise in Jeremiah 24:7, “They will be my people, and I will be their God,” and that this will be based on their wholehearted commitment, which is a very common theme that we have seen before in the Hebrew Bible. Here are links to a few posts on this blog that talk about wholehearted commitment.
- Unfailing love and truth have met together
- A contrast at the temple dedication
- We have abandoned your commands
Today, on this Sabbath day, my desire is to be true to God and to follow Him with my whole heart. This reminds me of the worship song, Lord, I give you my heart.