July 14, 2007

"Jeremiah 3: To Divorce, or Not to Divorce"


Has God truly divorced Himself from the "apple of His eye"--the Jewish people? A cornerstone of Supersessionist doctrine is the assertion that states "the Old Testament nation [Israel] was divorced by God.", referring to the following passage found in the book of Jeremiah:

"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..." (Jer. 3:8)

Their assertion would have merit, if there were only eight verses in the third chapter of Jeremiah. Here we see yet another manifestation of biblical ignorance--the "picking and choosing" of Scriptural text so that its meaning conforms to an "agenda". Most unfortunately, false doctrines such as Supersessionism have been forged by this erroneous practice.

Actually, it could be considered somewhat "reassuring" to find the proponents of Replacement Theology delving into the third chapter of Jeremiah. Most disheartening is their insistence in stopping at verse 8. For it is in the third chapter of Jeremiah that we find yet another piece of biblical evidence showing God's faithfulness to the Jewish people--the people whom He foreknew. Moreover, this particular book is an example--one of many found in Scripture--of not only God's unconditional faithfulness and divine mercy toward the Jewish people, but of His command--His Biblical Mandate--for Gentiles to support and minister to them. As we see in Jeremiah 3:15, this was a truth foretold.

Even so, let us continue in Jeremiah 3, past verse 8, where we find that God has not "divorced" His people. In fact, we will soon find that the "marriage" remains very much alive. Forged by the perfect Will of God; excluded by the ignorant "will of man", Jeremiah 3 continues... Read To Divorce, or Not to Divorce

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