“Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them” (14:12). Through Jeremiah, God sent Israel the message that they must suffer the consequences of their rebellion. They had ignored His calls to repent until it was too late; Judah was already experiencing drought and would be invaded. False prophets were telling lies about peace (v13-14), but Jeremiah told the truth. His generation would lose their peaceful, prosperous homeland.
“We acknowledge our wickedness … we set our hope on you” (14:20-22). Real repentance is more than the fear of punishment. It is a true change of heart and commitment to walk in a new direction.