Show me your writ of divorce, produce your slavery contract, says the Almighty.
As the Jews enter exile, their Temple aflame and their land laid waste, G-d reminds them this is not final, and it is not forever. He will return them so that they may reclaim it.
There are moments in historical time (as on April 19, 1775, on a green in Lexington and a bridge in Concord) when the bond between a government and the governed is broken forever. We call this a revolution. When we win at least; losers are branded traitors and meet the guillotine, the firing squad, or worse.
At other times, this bond is bruised but holds. Governments, its leadership, and its agents can execute horrible decisions or make terrible mistakes. Likewise, a populace can at times act out far beyond normal bounds.
But amends can be made, decisions retracted, and policies reversed. Apologies can be given, and new courses set.
There are lessons here for elected officials and any who hold a position of trust, authority or power. There are also lessons for those in the streets, the pews, or cubicles.
Words to consider. Ideas to ponder. Politics, prophets, and the parsha.