Rev. Rick Jones, chaplain and director of spiritual life at the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Minot, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Jeremiah 23:5-8.
The final years of Judah were characterized by unrighteous kings who did not faithfully shepherd the people of God. That’s why the LORD promises He will raise up the righteous King for His people from the line of David. King Zedekiah falsely bore the name, “The LORD is righteous,” but the promised King rightly bears the name, “The LORD is our righteousness.” True faith is placed in Him alone. The deliverance that He accomplishes will be even greater than the deliverance from slavery in Egypt. In this righteous Branch for David, God’s people will be gathered to their home from every nation. This has been fulfilled in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, even as we wait for Him to return to take us to our eternal home.
“Advent with the Prophets” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Old Testament readings appointed for the season of Advent. This holy season of repentance focuses our attention on Christ’s coming. As we spend time hearing the words of the prophets, the saints who waited patiently in the years before Christ’s coming in the flesh at Christmas, we too are prepared to receive Christ now in His Word and Sacrament, even as we wait for Him to come again in glory.
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5 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
7 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ 8 but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he[a] had driven them.’ Then they shall dwell in their own land.”
- Jeremiah 23:8 Septuagint; Hebrew I
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