Old Testament judgment is at the door. A foreign army prepares to march against Jerusalem, which is spiritually bankrupt. God sends the prophet Jeremiah to call the Jews to repentance but it falls on deaf ears. As God prepares for the slaughter He does something remarkable. He extends mercy.
While sharing the gory details with Jeremiah – Jews will die by pestilence, sword and famine – YHVH, the Hebrew name for God that expresses mercy (composed from the Hebrew letters Yod, Hey, Vav and Hey), softens. He offers the Jews an escape option: defect to the Chaldeans when they besiege the city, and live. Those who don’t will perish.
The good news is that God’s character does not change. He offers mercy to spiritual rebels. Some day, perhaps soon, Yeshua (Jesus) will return to gather His bride, the church, and judge the world. He is the escape option. Defect to Yeshua, and live.