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A highly successful lawyer lived about 300 miles away from his lonely father. They had not seen each other for years, even though they had an agreement he would make a quarterly visit every year. His father calls him up and asks, “when are you going to visit?” John the son proceeds to tell his dad about the demands on his time, his courts schedules, meetings and so on and so forth, everything that prevented him visiting. So his father says, “I’ve been thinking a lot about this, when I die, do you intend to come to my funeral?” John responds, “Dad! I can’t believe you‘d ask that. Of course I’d come to the funeral.” His dad replies, “Good. Let’s make another deal. Forget about the funeral. I need you more now than I will when I die”

God needs Israel at the time of Jeremiah, God wanted Israel to repent and obey and not die. God does not rejoice at the death and punishment of a sinner but that he may repent and live. That is the message of the prophets down the ages and it is still the message of the New covenant and indeed the Christian message today. “repent and live”