Jeremiah 3:8-14

Yahweh is Faithful Even When Israel is Unfaithful

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Jeremiah 3:8-14 then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear but went and played the harlot also so it came to pass through her casual harlotry that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees and yet for all of this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to me with her whole heart but in pretense says the Lord then the Lord said to me backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah go and proclaim these words toward the north and say return backsliding Israel says the Lord I will not cause my anger to fall on you for I am merciful says the Lord I will not remain angry forever only acknowledge your inequity that you’ve transgressed against the Lord your God and have scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree and you have not obeyed my voice says the Lord return oh back sliding children says the Lord for I am married to you I will take you one from a city and two from a family and I will bring you to Zion What an awesome prophetic image and picture prophesy for Israel we see here that Israel has committed spiritual harlotry committing idolatry with all kinds of idols of the land we see here a divorce occurs in verse 8 and I don’t believe it’s Yahweh’s will to divorce Israel it’s Israel’s desire we don’t want relationship with you anymore we’ve been talking about covenant in marriage and this is a beautiful picture of covenant remember what terminates covenant? only death and what we see here is covenant faithfulness on the part of Yahweh this divorce takes place in verse 8 and yet here in verse 12 after the divorce, what happens? does Yahweh permanently terminate relationship with Israel and go replace her with someone else? absolutely not what does He do? He stands in covenant faithfulness and says return, return I’m still your husband I’m still married to you this is interesting in verse 14 after the divorce in verse 8 He says return for I am married to you another version translates in English for I am your husband so Yahweh still sees Himself as a husband to Israel even after this separation has taken place even after a divorce in verse 8 has taken place again I talked in one of the earlier little teachings that replacement theology says that Yahweh permanently terminated relationship with Israel and replaced her with the church that is a heresy that’s not the truth and that is the root of this practice of divorce and remarriage permanently terminating relationship and replacing someone with another person this is never what Yahweh does toward Israel this is never what Yeshua does toward his bride this is the wrong prophetic image this is destroying this practice that we have even among believers of multiple serial monogamy destroys the image of Yahweh and Israel destroys the image of Messiah and His bride again I don’t say this to bring condemnation upon anyone who’s already done that please understand my heart God loves you God is for you that’s why Yeshua shed his blood that we could be forgiven for all the things that we’ve done wrong but when are we forgiven? when is that blood released not when we justify defend but when we do what Yahweh is calling Israel to do which is repent, return, agree with God acknowledge I did wrong ask forgiveness receive the blood forgiveness, cleansing, healing so here we find Yahweh standing in covenant saying return, return return for I am your husband I am married to you how long does Yahweh stand waiting for Israel to return? Well it’s been probably over 3000 years now He’s never turned His back on Israel His arms have always been open and we see many many now from the house of Israel returning to Yahweh returning with their whole hearts coming through the blood of Messiah through Yeshua, acknowledging Messiah, Yeshua as the Lord as savior and it’s an amazing amazing thing we see this in the land of Israel Messianic congregations arising we see this all over the world where Hebrew people are returning to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and this prophesy is being fulfilled Israel, backsliding Israel is returning and Yahweh has stood in covenant faithfulness and we are called to uphold the covenant of marriage that’s a prophetic picture of Yahweh and Israel not be practitioners of replacement theology which is I will terminate relationship with you because you’re unfaithful to me and I will replace you with someone else no that is not the picture that we see here in Jeremiah 3 this is so exciting to me because when you if you grab hold of this with a heart of faith you will see miracles and as a pastor I saw so many miracles in our church of God restoring and healing marriages now in the ministry of Family Foundations International all over the world we’ve conducted Covenant Marriage Conferences and Covenant Unconditional Love courses and we see so many marriages healed and restored God is just a God of miracles and so I’m so excited to talk about covenant in marriage as a prophetic picture of Messiah and his bride let me just pray for you today Father I pray for my brother pray for my sister Lord where there’s been devastation in marriage restore and heal Father where marriage is intact Father I pray that it would become even better and Father I pray that each one of us would receive in our hearts today revelation and a vision of covenant keeping not covenant breaking walking til death do us part Father being faithful to the one that you that put us together with Father I pray that you’d restore that protective hedge of marriage covenant around our marriages again today I just pray blessing upon every single marriage today in the mighty name of Yeshua Amen

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