Jeremiah 31:20 The Love of God is Never Constrained

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Jeremiah 31:20 The Love of God is Never Constrained

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he the child in whom I delight? As often as I speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore I am deeply moved for him. I will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord.

The town called Ephraim today is in Palestine of the West Bank. The tribe of Ephraim was the strongest of the 10 tribes that rebelled 900 years before Jesus’ day. The person, Ephraim, was the grandson of Jacob, the father of all the other tribal leaders. The territory of the 10 tribes was called Israel, the so-called Northern Kingdom. The two remaining tribes further south were called Judah. The meaning/implication of today’s verse seems to be a kind of Old Testament version of the parable of the prodigal Son, still much beloved by the Father despite rebellion, separation and also, significant theological differences. What might this mean in the context of Jewish-Palestinian rifts in our day? I surely don’t know, of course, but I do know that the love and mercy of our God is not, and never has been, constrained by fences, walls, human enmity or lines on politicians maps.

Pastor Bill

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