Starting this Shabbat we read the Three Haftarot of Calamity that foretell the destruction of Jerusalem. This week we read: Thus said the LORD: I recalled for you the kindness of your youth, your bridal love, your coming after Me in the wilderness, in an unsown land. Who showed kindness to whom? God is reminding Israel, R. Yosef Kra says, of His kindness to them. Not so explains the Malbim, God is telling the people that although Jerusalem will be punished, He remembers the kindness Israel showed to Him. This is why the next verse continues: Israel is holy to the LORD…All who eat it bear guilt. And so it is that the first time destruction is announced, a measure of comfort comes with it.