“Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans” (v5). Even though exile seemed like the worst thing that could happen to God’s people, it was both God’s discipline and part of His redemptive purpose. As they submitted to His correction, “I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God” (v7).
“For they shall return to me with their whole heart” (v7). God can use even difficult circumstances – exile- to get our attention, soften our hearts, and call us home.