What a time to be alive! I’m thankful that we don’t know a world without the hope of Jesus! As I have been doing this bible in a year study… we have been in Jeremiah and I see brokenness of humanity. Everyone did what was pleasing to them and chaos was in place. Even God’s frustration with humanity in that season was countered with the promises of a future of hope. One that resides around the truth of his Son, Jesus!
Even the chaos of the people of Israel and Judah during Jeremiah’s time saw God’s mercy as they were taken to Babylon under the control of King Neb. But God told the people through Jeremiah… “Go with them and don’t fight them and you will be fine.” But they didn’t listen even to that fully. So even in His frustration, He allows the kingdom of Israel to fall, but he still shows mercy and sets a time frame of 70 years…AND then will punish the nations that overran Israel!
The bible is amazing y’all! I would encourage you to read through it in a year.
With all that said though… these people lived in a Pre-Jesus…pre-messiah time. They didn’t have the hope that we have! They didn’t have the ability to put their faith in Christ as their redeemer.
And again.. redeemer literally meaning the one who paid the price for. (in place of)
We see that same struggle today. In our humanity, without Jesus as our Lord and Savior… and without the Holy Spirit Leading and Guiding us… We don’t look too much different than our counter parts of the last 5000 years of history.
The only difference between then and now… We have unparalleled access through Jesus and unparalleled ability through the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us. Then to top it off… He gave us each other to edify (encourage each other in the work of the ministry.) Not necessarily vocationally, but simply the life of a believer!