The Prophet Jeremiah

In this piece by Rembrandt, the prophet Jeremiah is shown lamenting the destruction of the city of Jerusalem.  Because of their hardened, disobedient hearts, God allowed the great army of Nebuchadnezzar to  conquer Jerusalem.  Thousands were killed or taken captive and the city was burned.  On the left side you can see Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, covering his blinded eyes as he walks away from the great temple of Solomon.

Even in the midst of this terrible tragedy, God still loved His people and did not give up on them:
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah… I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  No longer will they need to teach their friends and kinsmen how to know the Lord… for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.”

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