Jeremiah 23 … Consider Him, the Lord Our Righteousness

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
And He will reign as king and act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.
“In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell securely;
And this is His name by which He will be called,
‘The Lord our righteousness,’”
(23:5-6).

The days are coming… in the midst of unrestrained rebellion and rampant corruption, His Promise comes… the days are coming.

For instead of shepherding His people in the land God had given them, the leaders were destroying and scattering His flock, but… the days are coming.

“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the Lord, (23:1).

Instead of representing God in truth and purity, the prophets and priests were polluting His temple with wickedness, but… the days are coming.

As for the prophets… 11 “For both prophet and priest are polluted;
Even in My house I have found their wickedness,” declares the Lord.
(23:9, 11).

Instead of speaking the words of the Lord, those who called themselves His prophets were speaking out of their own imagination and leading the people into false and empty delusions, but… the days are coming.

Thus says the Lord of hosts,
“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.
They are leading you into futility;
They speak a vision of their own imagination,
Not from the mouth of the Lord,”
(23:16).

Instead of loving Him with all their hearts, His people were despising Him, bullheadedly believing only what they wanted to hear, but… the days are coming.

“They keep saying to those who despise Me,
‘The Lord has said, “You will have peace”’;
And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart,
They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you,’” (23:17).

Instead of seeking God, waiting on His counsel, and walking in obedience, the so-called prophets of the day are running after their own ideologies into their evil deeds, but… the days are coming.

 “I did not send these prophets,
But they ran.
I did not speak to them,
But they prophesied.
22 “But if they had stood in My council,
Then they would have announced My words to My people,
And would have turned them back from their evil way
And from the evil of their deeds,”
(23:21-22).

And the perversion of God’s Word has become so accepted, that instead of recognizing Truth, no one even remembers the proclaimed message of His Word anymore, but… the days are coming.

“For you will no longer remember the oracle of the Lord, because every man’s own word will become the oracle, and you have perverted the words of the living God, the Lord of hosts, our God,” (23:36).

And His judgment would surely come and the humiliation would never be forgotten, but… the days are coming.

“Therefore behold, I will surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers. 40 I will put an everlasting reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten,” (23:39).

And in the midst of the very hard and painful reality, God speaks through His true prophet, Jeremiah, of the days that are coming, when He will raise up His King from the line of David to reign with justice and righteousness, to bring salvation and security, the days when His Name will be called, the Lord Our Righteousness.

And the prophecy has been fulfilled and will be fulfilled, for the days have come, and are coming; the Lord Jesus Our Righteousness has come and He is coming again.

Consider Him, the Lord Our Righteousness

The lesson in Israel’s history, in our own nation’s history, and in our own lives is irrefutable. And all of Scripture proclaims the cold hard truth: There is no one who does good, no one who understands, no one who is righteous, not even one.

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;
There is no one who does good.
The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there are any who understand,
Who seek after God.
They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one,
(Psalm 14:1-3).

 as it is written,
There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one,”
(Romans 3:10-12).

It is clear, unless He provides the way, we are without hope. But the days are coming…

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
And He will reign as king and act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.
“In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell securely;
And this is His name by which He will be called,
‘The Lord our righteousness,’”
(23:5-6).

And to all of mankind trapped in this hopelessly pathetic state and doomed for destruction, He sent His prophets to proclaim the days are coming when He will save those who receive by faith, His Promised One, our only Hope, the Lord Jesus Our Righteousness.

  • The Lord Jesus Our Righteousness, Who came to fulfill His prophecy, raised up from the line of David.
    • “Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David…16 Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever,” (2 Samuel 7:8, 16).
    •  The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David… (Matthew 1:1).
  • The Lord Jesus Our Righteousness, Who came to fulfill His prophecy, saving us from our sin and becoming sin for us that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him.
    • But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, (1 Corinthians 1:30).
    • He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • The Lord Jesus Our Righteousness, Who is coming again to judge and wage war in Righteousness and reign as King forever.
    • And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war… 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11, 16).

How do we respond to Him, the Lord Our Righteousness?

Today, we received instruction as to why the people rejected His promise. They forgot Him as they failed to seek Him for counsel; they no longer heard or paid attention so as to adjust their ways according to His Word.

“But who has stood in the council of the Lord,
That he should see and hear His word?
Who has given heed to His word and listened?”
(23:18).

And as astounding as it all is, He continually sent His warnings that His people might repent of their heinous sin and escape the coming doom. But they forgot. They forgot His Name. They forgot Him, the Lord Our Righteousness.

“… Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart, 27 who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?” (23:26-27).

And in their forgetting they departed from Him to chase after the unrighteousness of the world. But there would still be a remnant, Jeremiah and others, who would remember and live in faith, trusting Him, the Lord Our Righteousness for their future, believing the days are coming when all will know, and all will bow their knee at the mention of His Name.

so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, (Philippians 2:10-11).

We too can have confidence in the coming days as we bow our knee in faith, confessing we have fallen short of His glory and placing our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to receive His Righteousness.

But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:21-23).

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 6:23).

Through faith He grants us His free gift of eternal life in Him, the Lord Our Righteousness. And the really great news is we do not have to wait for heaven for His gift to impact our life.

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent,” (John 17:3).

He has made the way for us to know Him as we seek His Righteousness above all else.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you,(Matthew 6:33).

But the temptation to seek other things will always be there. As most of us have probably heard, “history repeats itself” and “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” Let us learn well from the Lord Jesus, Who Righteously conquered the tempter with the Word of God.

And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:3-4).

Oh that we would never forget so as to understand our desperate need for His Word. Let us pray that He would grow us in our longing for His Word that we would grow in the glorious salvation we have in Him, the Lord Our Righteousness.

like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, (1 Peter 2:2).

As we wait for the days that are coming, and as He grows us in His Word, let us ask Him to grow in us a heart like Paul, that whatever the cost, whether it be through knowing His sufferings or the power of His resurrection, our greatest longing would be to know Him through faith as the Lord Our Righteousness.

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead, (Philippians 3:7-11).

Let’s Grow Together!

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