November 26

Jeremiah 33:14-16

“In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” vs. 15

For centuries the people of Israel and Judah had lived with the conviction that they were children of the promise. They believed with all their hearts that God had brought them to the land they occupied and that God would bring them prosperity. They didn’t have aspirations to conquer the world…they only wanted a place they could call their own. In Jeremiah’s time that promise seemed in jeopardy. Israel had been overrun and its people scattered. Many had fled south to Judah…and now Judah was being challenged by Babylon. Court prophets had advised the king to make an alliance with Egypt…Jeremiah advised against it. He told the people to trust in the promises of the Lord, that one day God would raise up a leader who would execute justice and righteousness. Of course no one listened to Jeremiah. The rulers turned to Egypt for help and Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and took the ruling families captive. But Jeremiah’s words were remembered and written down…and one day the promise was kept in a more spectacular way than they could have ever imagined. A righteous Branch did spring up in the person of Jesus and through his continuing presence the entire world will one day experience God’s justice and righteousness.

Thought for the Day: What promises of God do I continue to cling to?

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