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?
* Dear Lord God, please plant and grow Your word in each of us today.
“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. … And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.'”
This passage has some beautiful foreshadowing of our King Jesus!
He is the RIGHTEOUS BRANCH, the WISE KING – And He is our righteousness!
This passage has much to say to false prophets and selfish priests – bad shepherds one and all – But as across scripture, we see that these examples answer WHY WE NEED JESUS.
Rescue from our sin is found only in Jesus.
True religion is found only in Jesus.
He is the only King who always deals wisely, who has the power and the will both to execute justice and righteousness.
He is THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
* Gracious Father,
There is no secret place we can hide from You, no hidden nook that You cannot see.
You fill heaven and earth!
Your word is like fire, like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces.
Please write Your word on our hearts, and please Lord God grow us each day as Your Spirit works within us – To will and to work for Your good pleasure.