3 This is what the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, says: Improve your conduct and your actions, and I will dwell with you[a] in this place.
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Here is Jeremiah’s understanding of what was insisting in the name of God. Perhaps.
Whenever we claim to be God’s people, we have to assess our way of being in the world. It is crucial that we reflect the God we proclaim. It is not enough to repeat endlessly that God’s present in our midst. God is present where and when we treat one another with justice and mercy.
If we maltreat aliens, orphans, and widows — God will be present with those maltreated, not us.… If we overwhelm the innocent — God will be present with the innocent, not us.… If we chase after delusions — God’s presence will be obscured by those delusions.
If we show some backbone in the face of injustice; press on with love, compassion, peacefulness, equity, fairness, and unrighteousness then we will find that God is already there in, with, and through us. That is the way it has always been with our forebears.