Jeremiah Devotions #7: Jesus the Righteous Saviour King
Bible Reading for Today: Jeremiah Chapters 21-24.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Jeremiah 23:5-6).
Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. All throughout this book of the Bible, Jeremiah is warning God’s people that unless they repent, God will be forced to punish them, and send them into exile. Sadly, from the youngest to the oldest, from the common people to the kings and priests, all of God’s people refuse to listen to Jeremiah, and they continue in their sin. But in this midst of this sad tale, Jeremiah prophesies that the Lord is going to raise up “A Branch of David” – speaking here of the Messiah, Jesus. Jeremiah says that Jesus will reign and prosper, He will execute righteousness and justice, and ultimately, His people will be saved and dwell safely back in their land. And finally, Jeremiah reveals to us one of the names of the Lord: He is The Lord our Righteousness.
Although God is good and faithful, and His plans are to prosper us and give us a future and a hope, that doesn’t mean that we will never go through trials and troubles, storms and valleys. When we disobey the Lord – when we sin – we will experience negative consequences for our sin. Indeed, as the Scriptures declare: “The wages of sin is death.” Therefore, we would be wise to heed the Word of the Lord, and when He brings rebuke or correction, we should be quick to repent, and receive His free forgiveness and grace. Ultimately, only the righteous Jesus can make us righteous in God’s sight.
Lord, over and over in Your Word You have given us warnings about what will happen when we disobey the Bible. Help us to know and believe the blessing that is to be found from obedience, but when we do stumble and fall, to be quick to repent. Help us to always lean on the Saviour King, Jesus, and receive His free forgiveness and unconditional love. Thank you Lord that You are good, that You love us, and that there is a blessing in obedience. Help us to ever remember that truth, in Jesus’ wonderful name, amen!