“I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride,
how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.”
Israel’s covenant relationship with God was often likened to that of a bride and her groom. It was a relationship to be based on commitment, faithfulness, and love. And in the beginning, it was surely all these things. However, by the time of the Prophet Jeremiah, Israel had wandered away and forsaken their first love.