Lamentations 3:22-23.. 22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! [CSB]
Jeremiah was called in 627BC to warn Judah of coming judgment if they did not repent. Unfortunately the people of Judah failed to heed the warnings. In 605-586BC the Babylonians led by Nebuchadnezzar totally destroyed Judah and Jerusalem. In Lamentations 3:1-21 Jeremiah shares his distress. Then Jeremiah turned to his hope for the future.
V.22 he said because of the faithful love of God we do not perish. Many Jews had been taken captive to Babylon because even in judgment of sin God’s mercies never end. We know that as promised after 70 years the Israelites were allowed to begin returning to Jerusalem. They continued to defy God and in 70AD Jerusalem was destroyed again and the Israelites were scattered to the nations of the earth. However as promised by God’s prophets in May 14, 1948 the nation of Israel was restored. A Great is His faithfulness. His mercies are new every morning as Disciples live today one day at a time trusting in Jesus. What a great promise.
At my age it is imperative that I not fall. My physical therapist told me “we can fix knees and hips but not brains”. April 20, 2018 I fell and fell and hit my head. I managed to get myself up and had no apparent problems. A few minutes later I read vv.22-23 and praised God for His mercy in the morning.
Today’s reality, I am in the presence of Jesus and someday I will pass from this life into heaven and be in the presence of Jesus forever, my hope for the future!
Note: A- In April-May 2018 Israel is celebrating the 70th anniversary as a restored nation. See detailed timeline of the 1948 war for independence and British army leaving here, Declaration of Independence here, the strengths of Israel in 2016 here, and Joel Rosenberg’s 70 facts about Israel here.
Henry Luke 4/28/2018
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