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Jeremiah 31:7-14

Lesson Focus: Our sin causes us to go into exile. God, who longs to be our father, comes to rescue us from exile so that our mourning might be turned into joy.

Lesson Outcomes: Through this lesson students should:

  1. Become familiar with the basic theme of return from exile.

  2. Make a connection between Exodus and exile.

  3. Recognize that even in our exile God desires to be our father.

  4. Desire to move from exile to homecoming as children of God.

Catch up on the story: The context for all of Jeremiah is Exile. While Jeremiah’s book spans a long time period, the basic theme and movement is the unfaithfulness of God’s people and their subsequent movement toward exile. Much of the tone of Jeremiah is somber and mournful. The news is not good. Despite his efforts, the efforts of those who have gone before him and contemporary prophets, Israel and Judah fail to turn from their unfaithfulness. Yet, in the midst of Jeremiah’s dark lamenting over Israel, the promise of redemption and restoration hangs in the air. Beginning in chapter 30 we begin to get hints that God has not completely abandoned Israel but will now turn again towards her to bring her home.