14 “Return, faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband. I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion.
15 Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. 16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made.
17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.
18 In those days the people of Judah will join the people of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your ancestors as an inheritance.
Today we remain in chapter three of Jeremiah as we find two more references to the heart. The first being a reference to the Lord’s own heart and the second to evil hearts. Looking at a number of versions the five verses above are often grouped into a single paragraph or have verse fourteen separate – as an introduction – and the rest in a single paragraph.
In a time of forgiveness, when believers repent – acknowledge your guilt (verse 13) and return to the Lord, He will give us shepherds (pastors) after His own heart. So He reveals something of His heart here when we learn the shepherds will lead you with knowledge and understanding. Thus, in His heart, he wants us to have knowledge and understanding!
This is reminiscent of His choosing David to lead Israel
70 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them. Psalm 78
In the same time frame, those who have acknowledge their guilt will no longer follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. Few of us understand our sin is almost always a result of a prideful and stubborn heart resulting in rebellion against the Lord our God and doing evil in His eyes. And not just Israel, but all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. Clearly this is a time when all will gather in recognition of Jesus as Lord and Savior as in these verses
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
It’s Monday, have a great week, as you contemplate joining with all believers and nations to revere our Lord and Savior in these future days along with His Father and the Holy Spirit.