Two weeks ago, I pointed out a shift in Jeremiah’s prophecies
Until now, his message was a reminder to Israel of all their failures
- they had turned from their God and were rushing downhill
• so Jeremiah delivered a message of condemnation, rejection, of doom and gloom
• but now a light breaks through the dark passages
◦ there is hope for Israel after all
- but if God made it possible for his people to return,
• could they maintain a relationship with him this time?
◦ their history had indicated otherwise
◦ was it enough for God to say, "Come home. I forgive you?"
• something had to happen that would change his people
◦ something radically new in the history of Israel