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Advent Conspiracy Daily Devotionals - December 2, 2018

December 2, 2018

Jeremiah 33:14-16 (CEV)

14 The Lord said:

I made a wonderful promise to Israel and Judah, and the days are coming when I will keep it.

15 I promise that the time will come
when I will appoint a king
    from the family of David,
a king who will be honest
    and rule with justice.
16 In those days,
    Judah will be safe;
Jerusalem will have peace
and will be named,


“The Lord Gives Justice.”

David, who became King of Israel in 1000 B.C., was one of the most important figures of what we refer to as the “Old Testament.” God says to David in II Samuel 7:16, “your throne shall be established forever.” By the time of Jeremiah, the prophet who wrote the passage above nearly 500 years later, that promise seemed in jeopardy. The earthly line of King David reigned over the people called Judah for many years, but with the threat from foreign enemies, that line was soon to be cut off.   The descendants of David would be killed and removed from their place as Kings over Judah. In the passage above, Jeremiah prophesies that there will be another King, this one very different than the others, whose very name will mean “righteousness” and “justice.”

The Gospels of Matthew and Luke go to great lengths to establish that Jesus is of the line (lineage) of King David, and that he is the fulfillment of the promise to David that someone from his line will reign over God’s Kingdom forever. He does bring all of those promises God made to fruition, but often not in ways we readily recognize. The righteousness and justice Jesus brings, demands us to live “in the right relationship with God” by taking care of those who are in need. It demands that we advocate for and seek “justice” for all oppressed people.

“According to the Biblical justice that God sets forth, all humans are equal, all humans are created in His image, and all humans deserve to be treated with fairness and justice. The combination of righteousness and justice that God dictates means a selfless way of life in which people do everything they can to ensure that others are treated well and injustices are fixed.” (thebibleproject.com/explore/justice)

As we celebrate the coming of Jesus, are we treating every person made in the image of God with dignity and equality? In our church we have wonderful opportunities to live in relationships that bring righteousness and justice through ministries like Not Here, Room in the Inn, and Loaves and Fishes. Are you seeing the connection between these and the justice and righteousness of Jesus? His coming demands we do so.