My reading from the Prophet’s this week was Jeremiah 21-25. Jeremiah is largely a book about what happens to God’s people when they don’t pursue Righteousness and Justice and plead the cause of the poor and weak. This portion of Jeremiah provides great insight into God’s heart and will for our lives.
Jeremiah 22:3 This is what YHVH says: “Do what is right and just; rescue the wronged from their oppressors; do nothing wrong or violent to the stranger, orphan or widow; don’t shed innocent blood in this place.”
God told Israel that if they would repent of this sin and heed this call to action then he would relent in His planned destruction of Jerusalem and establish a continual kingship for David’s throne.
As believer’s and follower’s of the Lord, we have an earnest desire to conform to His image and to “know the Lord” more intimately. Often though we are a bit perplexed on how to make this a reality and practice and not just something we assent to. Jeremiah helps us in this regard:
Jeremiah 22:166 “He (Josiah) upheld the cause of the poor and the weak, so everything went well. Isn’t that what knowing me is all about?” say’s YHVH.
God say’s that upholding the cause of the poor and weak, which is pursuing righteousness and justice is what knowing Him is all about.
Jeremiah 23 shifts its focus to disgraceful shepherds who are destroying the flock and leading them astray and then goes head first into a powerful Messianic prophecy:
Jeremiah 23:5-6 “The days are coming,” says YHVH when I will raise a righteous Branch for David. He will reign as king and succeed, he will do what is just and right in the land. In his days Y’hudah will be saved, Israel will live in safety, and the name given to him will be YHVH our Righteousness.
We know this promised Branch or Vine (John 15) to be Yeshua from Natzeret (Branchtown). This powerful Messianic prophecy has only partially been fulfilled and we anticipate its fullest realization in the Messianic Age.
Righteousness and Justice were two major character traits of Yeshua and in turn should be of primary importance to those of us who are disciples of our Master.
May grace and shalom be multiplied upon you in the matchless name of Yeshua the Messiah!