He calls her a virgin!! After all that she has done, He calls her a VIRGIN!!
The word exploded in my head as I read a passage I’ve read a hundred times.
Speaking of “faithless Israel,” the harlot He divorced, God, in pleading for her repentance and return, calls Israel, you, me, us, a “virgin!”
“Set up for yourself roadmarks,
Place for yourself guideposts;
Direct your mind to the highway,
The way by which you went.
Return, O virgin of Israel,
Return to these your cities.
22 “How long will you go here and there,
O faithless daughter?
For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth—
A woman will encompass a man.” (Jer. 31:20-21)
She, us, Ephraim, will again capture His heart and we will do so only through repentance. One fruit of repentance is that YHVH sees us a pure, spotless bride! No shame, no blemish, rather we take up tambourines and dance for Him!!
Jeremiah 31 begins,
31 “At that time,” declares the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”
2 Thus says the LORD,
“The people who survived the sword
Found grace in the wilderness—
Israel, when it went to find its rest.”
3 The LORD appeared to [a]him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
4 “Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
Again you will [b]take up your tambourines,
And go forth to the dances of the merrymakers.
5 “Again you will plant vineyards
On the [c]hills of Samaria;
The planters will plant
And will [d]enjoy them.
6 “For there will be a day when watchmen
On the hills of Ephraim call out,
‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
To the LORD our God.’”
7 For thus says the LORD,
“Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
And shout among the [e]chief of the nations;
Proclaim, give praise and say,
‘O LORD, save Your people,
The remnant of Israel.’
8 “Behold, I am bringing them from the north country,
And I will gather them from the remote parts of the earth,
Among them the blind and the lame,
The woman with child and she who is in labor with child, together;
A great [f]company, they will return here.
9 “With weeping they will come,
And by supplication I will lead them;
I will make them walk by streams of waters,
On a straight path in which they will not stumble;
For I am a father to Israel,
And Ephraim is My firstborn.”
Repentance, the weeping, brings restoration and our Father then sees us as His chased, virgin bride wherein we enter into that great JOY and partake of the restored Kingdom! Selah!
Carnality. A profound result of an unrepentant heart. The wish to look and act like all the “Babylonian Meat” around us. That is a play on ‘carnal,’ which is literally ‘fleshly’ or ‘meatly.’ And we are in exile, so – the ‘meat’ around us is Babylonian, so to speak, metaphorically. We are called to walk according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh. Repentance can deliver us from the tendency to chase after the flesh.
“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual [people] but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able [to receive it], and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where [there are] envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like [mere] men?”
(1 Corinthians 3:1-3, NKJV)
If we truly want Almighty God to reign supreme in our midst, we must grow up, and put aside envy, strife, and divisions.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”
(Psalm 51:10, CJB)