The king wanted God to do what He did at Exodus. The Word of the Lord (Jesus – John 1:1) tells the king in 22:2-5 that religion is not about God keeping you safe, but about Trust and Obey – there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus! The judgment of verses 28-30 did come upon Jeconiah. His heir was a very distant relative – Shealtiel (Matthew 1:12).
* God Above, please open our ears to listen to Your word to us today.
“Thus says the LORD: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.”
It is not the world that should be telling us how to act toward the fatherless and the widowed, to the stranger in our lands, to the one who has been robbed or beaten.
It is God who tells us what to do! And it is Jesus, God in the person of the Son, who shows us what to do!
Because unlike any other King, any other leader, Jesus judged the cause of the poor and need perfectly. He built and continues to build His house in righteousness.
God sets down here great benefit for our lives, and for the world around us too.
Let us be encouraged to hear God’s call on us to behave as He wants us to, working justice and righteousness.
* Gracious Lord God,
Please teach us how to execute justice in the morning and righteousness throughout the day.
Please show us Jesus, who is our King that leads us in these things.