The Lord satisfies the soul

Jeremiah Bible Background

11.01.2016 – Old Testament: Jer 31.23–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 31–32 on November 1, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord told Judah bluntly that He would send them to captivity and why He would do it, but He also held out hope for them, showing what would happen after the 70 years of captivity had ended,

Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “They shall again use this speech in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I bring back their captivity: ‘The LORD bless you, O home of justice, and mountain of holiness!’ And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all its cities together, farmers and those going out with flocks. For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” After this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me (Jeremiah 31.23–26). 

Jeremiah had the unpleasant job of exposing the sins of his brethren. He loved his brethren, and did not want to see them, and when they did, he mourned greatly, as is evidenced with The Book of Lamentations.

Therefore, when the Lord revealed what would happen later to Judah and how that again things would go very well, he awoke from his sleep and truly it had been a pleasant experience!

Questions:

  • Does the Lord satisfy your soul, or do you need your outward circumstances perfectly as you want them before you have soul satisfaction?
  • How or in what ways does the Lord satisfy your soul?

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