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Read Jeremiah 31:1-6


Read Jeremiah 31:1-6

The Lord says, “The time is coming when I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel, and they will be my people. 2In the desert I showed mercy to those people who had escaped death. When the people of Israel longed for rest, 3I appeared to themn from far away. People of Israel, I have always loved you, so I continue to show you my constant love. 4Once again I will rebuild you. Once again you will take up your tambourines and dance joyfully. 5Once again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria, and those who plant them will eat what the vineyards produce. 6Yes, the time is coming when watchmen will call out on the hills of Ephraim, ‘Let’s go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.’ ”


What Jeremiah prophesied was fulfilled - the people returned to the promised land.  God's love never failed them.  But even when they returned, they failed themselves.  Jesus leads us into the promised land in a different way - the Kingdom of God is implanted in our hearts.


In verse 6 the prophet proclaims that the watchmen will call out: "Let's go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.'  They sound excited about going to worship; Lord fill me with excitement and anticipation when it is time to worship you. 

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