Jeremiah begins this famous chapter with words of encouragement, speaking of a time when the people are returned from captivity. In verses 15-16, Rachel is weeping for her children; and God says that they will come back. Rachel was Jacob’s second, and most loved, wife and Joseph’s mother (Genesis 30:22-24). Ephraim and Manasseh were Joseph’s sons. The message is summed up in verse 17 “There is hope for your future, declares the Lord.”
Verses 21-39 then describe the new covenant that God will make with His people, and the new relationship that they will have with Him (verses 33-34). Rather than the forgiveness by the sacrifice of animals through a priest, everyone will be able to know the Lord and have true forgiveness – The Lord “will remember their sin no more.” The Hebrew writer quotes these verses in Hebrews 8, as he speaks of Jesus being the High Priest of a new covenant. They are repeated in Hebrews 10. Also in Hebrews 10:12-14, we are told of the gift that Christ gave us by making a single offering, for all time, of Himself in order to cleanse our sins.
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