Yirmiyahu Two: Youth

God speaks to Jeremiah once again. “Go and call out in the ears of Jerusalem, saying: so said the Lord: I remember to you the lovingkindness of your youth, the love of your nuptials, your following Me in the desert, in a land not sown (Jeremiah 2:2).” If it’s not too much to humanize God in this way, it sounds almost as though He is being nostalgic. People often think that the best days of their lives are in their youths, so God is reminiscing about the early days of the Jewish people. The days before they came into the land, before they worked the fields, when they were a family and a tribe, instead of an established nation. Were those really the best days for the people? Or are the best days in the land, with a Temple and kings and structure? Or are they in the future, in spite of the destruction that’s still going to come?

 

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