THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!

Monday, 13 April 2020 Jeremiah 33:12-26



“In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell safely; and this is the name by which she will be called: the LORD our righteousness.” -Jeremiah 33:16


The focus of Chapter 33 0f Jeremiah is Restoration. The glorious return of God’s people and the excellence of the restored nation are described. Restoration is a subject seen all through the Bible. God promises restoration to His people in Deuteronomy 30:3 – “the LORD your God will bring you back….and will gather you again……”  The hope of a redeemer was there as early as in Job 19:25 “As for me I know that my Redeemer lives…” In Ephesians 1:7-“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.” In Jeremiah 33:26 it says “ …. But I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.”

Redeemer, Redemption, Restoration – these are prominent themes dealt with such clarity that we can trust God’s faithfulness and mercy and confidently trust Him for the restoration of our lives. When the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, Jesus comes to REDEEM and RESTORE. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God offers restoration to the whole world. Lives that are destroyed, shattered gets a re-make at the foot of the cross! The whole Chapter of Jeremiah 33, we see the details of the restoration of Israel. In the key verse, the name Judah is mentioned; but it is representative of the whole nation. We read in the Bible that redemption and restoration through Jesus is an eternal plan of God and the Lamb of God was sacrificed not for a period of time, but for eternity. In Rev.5:5-10 – John saw the vision of “the Lamb standing as if slain” and the subsequent breaking of the seals of the book. In verse 9 of Rev.5, they sang a song, saying "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” The two-fold purpose of God in history is seen fulfilled – to Reclaim His Kingdom and to Redeem His people. The Lamb that is pictured in Rev.5:6 has seven horns. Horns stand for power, strength and authority to rule. The picture of Jerusalem portrayed in Chapter 32 is of destruction, calamity and desolation. This tells us that God’s plan for every person living on this earth is to restore his life. This is the firm will of God. In order to express the determination of God in executing restoration of His people, He cites the example of the unceasing cycle of day and night He has created (Jer 33:20,21). God is determined to restore you. In His mercy, Christ the Lamb of God was slain to redeem you. His blood is still available to pay the price of redemption on your behalf. Jesus is strong enough to deliver you from any stronghold which you are in now- may it be alcoholism, drugs, immoral acts, rebellion, uncontrolled anger, passion for money, stealing, anything …so that you will be able to proclaim, “The LORD my Righteousness!” The principle to come to God remains the same:  Jeremiah 33:3- “Call to Me, and I will answer you…” Jer. 32:27 says, "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is there anything too difficult for me?”

Prayer: “Jesus, My Redeemer, thank You for Your covenant of Restoration through Your blood which paid the price for my redemption. May Your righteousness always cover me as I live for you. Amen.”

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