THEME: MOURNING INTO DANCING
Jeremiah 31:13-16 NIV
“Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,” declares the Lord. This is what the Lord says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” This is what the Lord says: “Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares the Lord. “They will return from the land of the enemy.”
-Ramah was one of the towns through which the Israelites passed on their way to exile in Babylonia. Jeremiah was found in chains among the captives from Jerusalem and Judah who were carried into exile to Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah 40:1). There are, of course, additional historical parallels in this passage. When the wicked king Herod orders the slaughter of innocent children to protect his rule, we naturally think of the Egyptian Pharaoh who ordered the slaughter of Hebrew children. Moses as a child escaped the slaughter and went on to deliver his people from captivity and exile. In the same way, Jesus escapes the slaughter of the innocents ironically, by going into exile in Egypt.
Jesus becomes our Messiah as He dies for the sins of the world, and delivers us from every form of captivity. The Lord therefore fulfills Jeremiah’s prophecy regarding the exiles, and He turn their mourning into gladness, sorrow into comfort and joy. Some among us are battling diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, HIV and AIDS, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illness. Jesus has the power to heal and deliver us from every captivity in our bodies, every psychological illness, emotional distress and anxiety for He is our God and nothing is difficult for Him. We pray for economic and political stability in our nation, nation of Israel and all the war torn countries that the Lord may intervene and deliver help.
Abba Father our Maker and our Father, we come to You with humility in our hearts. Thanking You for dying on the cross for our sins and for all that You have done unto us. We humbly beseech You to forgive us all our sins and wash us with Your precious blood. May You deliver us and our loved ones from every physical captivity, economic turmoil, financial hardship, political instability, and spiritual slackness. May You comfort all those who have lost their loved ones dear Jesus. May You bless the nation of Israel and grant them peace. May You grant them the gift of salvation together with all their counterparts and rival nations Abba Father. May You bless us and bless our work and reward us by Your mercy and grace. May You enable a blessing of children to all those who are waiting on You and the wisdom to bringing them up in Your ways. May You deliver us from all pain, disappointment, suffering anxiety and tribulations dear Lord Jesus. We pray this believing and trusting in Jesus Mighty name. Amen
Further reading: 2 Chronicles 15:7, 1 John 2:1-2