The LORD never stopped giving Judah a chance at peace if they would just repent. He says in Jeremiah 18:7-8, “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it.” The LORD is always willing to take a marred piece of clay and reform it if that clay (city, person) will allow it, but Judah continued to be stubborn until their end. Instead of being as a moldable piece of clay (in chap. 18), Judah was as the hardened pot Jeremiah smashed (in chap. 19).
In the judgment of the LORD, His amazing mercies continued to be seen. The LORD says the Babylonians are about to attack, “… but he who goes out and defects to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be as a prize to him” (Jeremiah 21:9). God does not give up on people.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan