Jeremiah 31:7-9 – Rejoice for the LORD will bring back his exiled people.
The Theme of this passage is the restoration of God’s people from captivity. God will deliver his people from dispersion. His concern for the afflicted is shown in the fact that among the returnees will be the blind, lame and pregnant. Here we see a connection with Gospel for this week. Good’s concern for the least, the helpless, and the handicapped among the exiles are evident. Though Israel has been rebellious and sent to captivity, God is still faithful to the covenant with his people. His faithfulness can be trusted. For this promised deliverance the people are to rejoice reality, in the mercy of God.
The LORD promises to bring all of his people back from the dispersion. This is evidence of his love and concern for his people. A special sing of his mercy is that he will also bring back the afflicted, the blond, handicapped and pregnant. The LORD is interested in the weak and helpless a well as the strong. He seems to love the hurt and the homeless.
Notice that the future tense is used. The LORD will bring his people home to freedom. It is a promise of the LORD. Can a people sing for joy and shout aloud for only a promise? They were not to wait to celebrate until the deliverance occurred but now with only a promise. How could this be done? It is possible only when we trust in the integrity of God’s Word. His Word is as good as the deed. He is a God who can be trusted.
Collect for Proper 25: O God, the helper of all who call on You, have mercy on us and give us eyes of faith to see Your Son that we may follow Him on the way that leads to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. -20 October, 2021
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