“The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.”
-The Lord likens backsliding to divorce. The Israelites turned away from God to perform idolatry, and forget the Lord who got them out of Egypt, and the purpose for which it happened (Jeremiah 2:5-6). The Lord issued her with a certificate of divorce to end the marriage, but her sister Judah followed suite to worship after other gods and she was not afraid. The church is the bride of Christ, the congregation of believers have turned from the way of faith. A union cemented by love segregates because of adultery. The Lord made a promise to the children of Israel saying, “return, O backsliding children, “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion””(Jeremiah 3:14). The Lord is calling each one of us to love Him with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.
Oh Lord Your mercies are new every morning. You are our God and there is none like You. You are exulted Lord above the nations and above all the peoples. We have sinned and fallen short of Your glory, please forgive us. Our leaders have followed after their own interests, please forgive them and give us leaders whose hearts after You Lord. Our nation has backslidden and fallen short of Your glory Lord, remember mercy dear Jesus. May You look to us with kindness and heal our land. May You heal our land form injustice, corruption, greed, sexual immorality, murder, and many other vices. May You transform us and help us to submit to You in every area of our lives. Please forgive us dear Jesus and turn Your face towards us. May You remove every obstacle in our lives dear Jesus. May You remove every accusation against us in the courts of heaven and wash us with Your precious blood. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Habakkuk 2:1
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