“Behold, I am bringing them from the north country, and I will gather them from the remote parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame” (Jeremiah 31:8).
Experiencing God’s deliverance after fifty years of exile, the people of Judah will undoubtedly view both life and the working of God in ways that are richer, deeper, broader, and more profound. While their previous orientation of faith was characterized by a narrow, homogenous, exclusive, temple centered association, this reorientation of faith brings a realization that God’s redemptive purposes are inclusive, inviting, and receiving of those previously rejected. Religion desires pristine sanctuaries with pleasant messages that are pleasing for pretty people. A reoriented faith is a real presence in the streets of human interaction.