Jeremiah 31:25 – August 26, 2020

For I will slake the thirst of the faint; the appetite of all the weary I will satisfy. Jeremiah 31:25 NABRE           

The prophet Jeremiah is ready to announce that the exiles in Babylon should return home. God, who is merciful will not allow the chosen people to be burdened with misfortune indefinitely. Now it is announced the exiles will be able to return home and join their brethren who are still living there. First Jeremiah described what life will be like in Judah under God’s protection. Followed by the description about God’s protection and personal responsibility. We read God will restore fortune in the land of Judah, all will dwell together and God will slake (satisfy) the thirst of the faint and satisfy the appetite of the weary. Jeremiah goes on to speak about personal responsibility and how personal conduct will be judged, individual sin will require individual accountability. This is a change in much of what has been spoken to this point; previously the people were told they were responsible for the sin of their ancestors. God wants people to know they are only responsible for their own sin. This transition to personal responsibility readies the people for the coming of the Messiah. First the community is stressed as important and all must live and be good for the community, while that is still important, it is personal responsibility that each person will be required to respond to in their life.

God has a special awareness for those who are weakest and most faint in society and cares for all exiles. God cares in a special way for those who have the most difficult time and could be considered the weakest with the least help in life. We know without understanding scripture that God will be generous in judgement toward those who have the most difficult life.

Do you take personal responsibility? What have you done to help a refugee?

God cares in a special way for those who have the most difficult time and considered the weakest with the least help in life. We know without understanding scripture God will be generous in judgement toward those who have the most difficult life. Click To Tweet

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