Jeremiah 3:19 NLT
I thought to myself, ‘I would love to treat you as my own children!’. I wanted nothing more than to give you this beautiful land—the finest possession in the world. I looked forward to your calling me ‘Father,’ and I wanted you never to turn from me.
Speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, God is heartbroken because the tribes of Judah and Israel have broken covenant with Him by worshiping other heinous idols. Sadly, God is prevented from blessing His people with land and possessions. Most of all, God is mourning the loss of a loving and personal relationship with His children. God’s greatest desire is for His children to recognize and acknowledge Him as their ‘Heavenly Father’ and to return the love He so generously lavished on them.
Father means head and founder of the household, of benevolence and protection, a term of respect and honor in this verse (1).
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