Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 8:31-36
October 31, 2010
Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen.
The Israelites just had suffered a whopping at the hands of the Babylonians,
the Temple was looted, desecrated, and destroyed,
a weak, figurehead monarch was set up in Israel,
and much of the population was forcibly relocated east across the Tigris River
into captivity in the foreign land of Babylon.
God’s chosen people, removed from their promised land, were in exile.
For a people whose identity rested largely on their special chosen status,
a status confirmed by God’s gift of a promised land,
this current state of affairs was a complete and utter disaster,
for that land was now far to the west, occupied by foreigners,
and largely a place of memories.
The covenant, that promise between God and his people, seemed broken.