No matter what he had planned for the day, something funny, crazy or out-of-the-blue would happen to him.
Reference: v.1 "If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again? Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers – would you now return to me?" declares the Lord.
Explore: An old housemate of mine always had a good story to tell. It seemed that no matter what he had planned for the day, something funny, crazy or out-of-the-blue would happen to him. And he would retell each of the occurences in such a way that I would hang off every word and usually find myself in tears of laughter by the end. So each night I would look forward to catching up with him to hear about the most recent story from his life.
Application: The main form of education that Jesus used was through story telling. He was the master of creating an example so that people would have a greater understanding of God's love. As we read through the prophecies that were told through Jeremiah, it's no surprise that Jesus was such a good storyteller. Even as God speaks to the Israelites who have turned away from Him, He is descriptive in illustrating the point so they can comprehend their actions. When we are communicating God's love to people in the 21st Century we also need to be finding relevant stories to help communicate God's desire to be in relationship with all people.
Prayer: Lord, You continue to tell the story of Your love and dedication to us through each of Your followers. May we have the courage to tell our story so more people will know of Your love. Amen.
What story helps you to understand God's unconditional love?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.