October 20, 2019
First Presbyterian Church, Sterling IL
In his commentary on the readings for this week,
Tyler Mayfield from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary writes,
“Despite all of the destruction wrought by Babylon,
despite all of God’s judgment,
despite the threat of divine punishment,
God persists in hope.” (Workingpreacher.org)
The prophet Jeremiah spoke to a people in exile.
His message was often bleak, reminding them of their failures,
but he also, eventually, followed that up with a word of hope.
Even though the Israelites were fickle and faithless, God remained faithful.
Let’s listen for God’s persistent hope in Jeremiah 31:31-34
The days are surely coming, says the LORD,
when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—
a covenant that they broke, though I was thei…