“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
“For thus says the Lord: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever.”
The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Thus says the Lord: If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night will not come at their appointed time, then also my covenant with David my servant may be broken, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and my covenant with the Levitical priests my ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered and the sands of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the offspring of David my servant, and the Levitical priests who minister to me.”
The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Have you not observed that these people are saying, ‘The Lord has rejected the two clans that he chose’? Thus they have despised my people so that they are no longer a nation in their sight. Thus says the Lord: If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth,then I will reject the offspring of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his offspring to rule over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.” – Jeremiah 33:14-26
Jeremiah, often called the weeping prophet, was sent to Israel at a rather trying time. As Israel was being taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, God spoke prophecy to Jeremiah that was devastating. The temple would be destroyed, the city of Jerusalem would be laid waste, the people would be carried off to Babylon and made captive.
God also spoke to Jeremiah of hope. He spoke of the One Who is also our hope- the Son of David, the Son of God.
God made a covenant with His people through Abraham, in which He promises that Abraham’s descendants would be as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand in the oceans. The covenant He made with Abraham was a covenant of faith- faith that is a gift of God. We see God’s faithfulness in His provision clearly in Genesis 22. God provided the lamb for the offering and spared Isaac. In Christ, God provides Jesus, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world forever.
And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
The same Lord Who Jeremiah spoke of is still faithful to us. After all, God’s promises are not like human promises that can be broken and forgotten. Jesus warned us that in this world we will have trials. We will suffer. We will be betrayed. We will know loss. Even in the middle of these trials we have confidence not in ourselves but in the One Who has conquered death for us. We have the assurance directly from the Author of Life Himself, the Provider of the Lamb, that his promise is good.
Lord, help us to rest in the knowledge that our life now and forever, and our redemption is based on Your faithfulness, not in our merit. We deserve death, destruction and hell, but You have promised to save us from the condemnation we have earned. Forgive us for all the times we break Your laws and fall short of Your will and fail to meet Your expectations for us. We can only be faithful because You are faithful and You provide us the gift of faith as well as You have provided the Lamb. Help us to stay faithful and to follow You.