There are words we use regularly that, as the saying goes, speak volumes. The two-letter word “if” is one of them.
In Jeremiah 6:13, we have another one of these weight-bearing words: everyone.
Two significant aspects of our relationship with God are voiced in our use of the word everyone. We humans fall short of the glory of God, we sin, and this is descriptive of everyone. Read verse 13 again and note that two times he names everyone “from the least to the greatest” as sinners in the sight of God.
Scripture, however, both Old Testament and New Testament, speaks of everyone in another way and light. John 3:16, in the declaration of God’s love for the whole world, gives voice to the assurance that everyone is loved by God. In the grace of God through Jesus Christ, everyone is God’s beloved child. Jesus lived, died and rose again, once for all. All is inclusive. All means everyone.
Loving God, we thank you for your inclusive love and forgiveness, and grace abundant for all, for everyone. Amen. — EAM