God’s Promises never fail
Devotion In Motion
Jeremiah 33:14-23
  ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David a Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’” 
The return and the blessing that Jeremiah has predicted will be initiated by a son of David – a descendent from David’s family tree. Here, He’s called, “Branch of righteousness.” This Son of David was identified as the Messiah. It’s Jesus who will one day solve the world’s political problems. Look at what He does in this passage… He judges the earth, brings salvation to Judah, and creates safety for Jerusalem. How’s that for a day at the office? 
That’s what Jesus will do when He returns to Earth. And you have to love this name, “The LORD our righteousness” or in the Hebrew, “Jehovah Tsidkenu.” In Matthew 22 Jesus told the parable of a king who hosted a marriage for his son. But when the king saw a man in attendance who wasn’t wearing the customary wedding garment, he told his servants, “Bind him hand and foot, take  him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” It was a sad end to a happy event. 
What’s not apparent from the story is that wedding garments were provided by the host. To not wear one was an insult. The point Jesus was making is that righteousness in His kingdom isn’t earned. It’s provided by the host. It’s a gift God gives to those who trust in Jesus. Everyone in heaven must put on His righteousness not their own. This is the second time this special name appears in Jeremiah. In 23:6 Messiah is called “The Lord our righteousness,” but notice in verse 16 it’s a “she” not a “He” that’s called by this name. The bride takes the name of the groom – the Church… the name of Christ. In Christ, we share not only His name, but ALL He has and has accomplished. 
He is our righteousness. And Jeremiah predicts that one day, Israel too will be called by this name. Judah will be saved by His grace! Verse 17, “For thus says the Lord: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel…” If that’s true, where is he? Where is the man sitting on David’s throne? This is the mystery of God’s kingdom. Right now, the Messiah is sitting on a throne. But His throne is in heaven. Jesus is at God’s right hand preparing to return and rule over planet Earth. David shall not lack a man to sit on the throne… “nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings  before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’” 
And what else is Jesus doing? According to Hebrews 7, Jesus is interceding before God on behalf of all the saints. In God’s Kingdom, Jesus serves the dual role – He is both king and priest. Verse 19, “And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.’” 
Here the Lord anticipates that there’ll be those who teach He is finished with the Jews. They blew their chance, and now the blessings intended for Israel are transferred to the Church. These verses prove this so-called “Replacement Theology” is false. The day and the night will cease their schedule, before God turns His back on Israel. Verse 23, “Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Have you not considered what these people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the Lord has chosen, He has also cast them off’? Thus they have despised My people, as if they should no more be a nation before them. “Thus says the Lord: ‘If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and  earth, then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
 For I will cause their captives to return, and will have mercy on them.’” And what’s true of God’s promises to Israel, is true of His promises to us! The sun won’t rise, before God fails to deliver on a single promise to His people. Once a little girl told her friend she had 12 pennies. But when her friend looked into her hand she noticed only six. “I thought you said you had twelve pennies?” The girl responded, “I do! I have six and my father told me he would give me six more. So I have twelve.” Obviously, the little girl believed her Father’s word was as good as done. Our Father God deserves the same confidence from us. 
His promises never fail!
Victor Tafoya
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