The Ultimate Covenant Keeper

sunandmoonFor the past week or so, I’ve been reading through the book of Jeremiah. He was a prophet of God that was given a pretty difficult task. The nation of Israel had continually disobeyed God and repeatedly turned away from Him to the point He was ready to punish them. It’s kind of like the child who continues to try your patience until you have no choice but to enact some form of discipline. Jeremiah is given the unenviable task of being the messenger of the bad news – God’s judgement is coming.

What is interesting in the pages of Jeremiah is the glimmer of hope that God continues to provide for His people. He made a covenant with David that He was going to keep and I love the way it is expressed in Jeremiah 33:19-22:

19 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 20 “This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant — and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me —can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. 22 I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’ ”

Isn’t that great imagery? If you can break the cycle of day turning to night and night turning to day, then God will break His covenant with David. You can count on God keeping His promise just like you count on the sun rising and setting each day. He will keep His promises, even when we break ours. God is the Ultimate Covenant Keeper.

Mother Makes Girl, 12, Wear Diaper for Bad Grades

It seems recently that more extreme parenting stories are making headlines. There was the guy who posted a video to his daughter about her Facebook post and then shot several bullets into her laptop.

This article is linked on Dayton Daily News website. My wife says she is the meanest mom in the world. This may surpass that.

Your thoughts?

FRIDLEY, Minn. — A mother and her boyfriend shaved the head of her 12-year-old daughter, then forced the girl to wear a diaper and run up and down outside their home near Minneapolis because she wasn’t doing well at school, police said.

Police arrested the 38-year-old woman and her 34-year-old boyfriend Monday night on suspicion of malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor. Lt. Mike Monsrud said the two adults laughed as they were hauled off in a squad car and apparently didn’t understand why officers had intervened.

A neighbor called police earlier that evening after a crowd of about 50 people gathered to watch the girl, who was wearing only the diaper and a tank top and was begging to be let back inside their townhouse in Fridley about 7 miles north of Minneapolis.

“When the officer found her, she was crying and hysterical,” Monsrud told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Investigators believe she had been outside for about half an hour before the neighbor alerted police, Monsrud said.

The mother and boyfriend were being held in the Anoka County Jail pending charges. The girl and three younger children were placed in foster care.

The Associated Press is not naming the adults to protect the identities of the children.

The two adults told police they were punishing the girl because she had bad grades and failed to do her homework.

“They told her if she didn’t, they would shave her head and put her on ‘diaper duty,’ which I guess meant running up and down the street and cleaning up trash as a form of public humiliation,” Monsrud said.
The lieutenant added that the couple questioned the police’s decision to intervene.

“Through the whole contact, and even on the way to jail, both were laughing and thinking it was ridiculous police would get involved in what they said was their parental decision,” he said.

Officers had responded to four calls in the past two years at the family’s townhouse. At least one of the calls triggered notification to a county child protection worker, Monsrud said.