“Indeed this city has been to Me a provocation of My anger and My wrath from the day that they built it, even to this day, so that it should be removed from before My face” (Jeremiah 32:31).

Each of the biblical prophets seem follow a redundant pattern: calling the people of God to repentance, their failure to do so, then the forthcoming judgment of God, followed by restoration and renewal. There is great benefit in the retelling of these stories. First, perhaps we shall be the ones to break the cycle; giving heed to the prompting of God’s spirit and ordering our lives according to the principles and precepts of his word. Secondly, because of the bountiful mercies of God’s grace, fully revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, we have the assurance of a future hope far exceeding our failures of today.

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