The Lord’s love remains on Judah but he cannot allow her rampant evil and adulterous idol worship to continue to go on. Time and again He has called them to repent, but they continue to love their wealth, their sin, and their idols more than the Lord their God. The Lord will send Assyria from the north to conquer Jerusalem and Judah, making it a desolate wasteland. He sends Jeremiah to ensure that everyone has heard, going throughout Israel with this message like a grape gatherer whose hand passes over the branches to make sure he has been thorough. Then later in our reading from Isaiah, we’ll get a chance to rejoice in the promised Messiah.