September 21, Reading 2 – Jeremiah 23

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SAA Notes

Religious and political leaders can never do what God alone can do. God promises to send a Righteous Descendant of David whose Name tells it all. While prophet and priest were equally at fault, great space is given to condemning the prophets. Why do you think this is so? Do these words apply to much popular prophecy today?

SJA Notes

This passage has some beautiful foreshadowing of Jesus.

“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. 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.'”

The LORD is our righteousness! Hallelujah!

But it also has some terrible words for not only false religion but for bad shepherds.

“But in the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery and walk in lies; they strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his evil;”

How does God see church leaders who are false?

“… All of them have become like Sodom to me, and its inhabitants like Gomorrah.”

Sodum and Gomorrah were places where God’s presence was limited in some way, the evil there was abounding, even up to heaven (Genesis 18).

So what a terrible (terror-filled) word this is for bad shepherds, those in the church who lead for their own gain.

Let’s be encouraged and convicted to examine our own hearts and thoughts, to work out our faith with fear and trembling, humble before the Lord, meek under His will.

* Gracious Father,

There is no secret place that we can hide from You, where You cannot see. You are omniscient.

You fill heaven and earth!

Your word is like fire, like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces.

Please put within us each day Your Spirit – to will and to work for Your good pleasure.

Amen.

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