THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
THE LORD OUR JUSTICE
Today’s reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah
again points us to our theme for 2010.
“The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill
the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In
those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just
shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land. In
those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell
secure; this is what they shall call her: ‘The Lord
our justice.’” (Jer 33:14-16)
Jeremiah had prophesied about the restoration of the Jewish
nation, but this particular prophecy finds its fulfillment
only in Jesus.
the face of terrible affliction caused by the fall and destruction
of Jerusalem, but in looking to God’s promises according
to His covenant with His people, and in hoping for a reversal
of their fortunes, God promises to raise a savior. That is
savior is a just shoot; he is the Lord our justice; he is
righteous and just. Only in such a savior can we be safe and
Now God has indeed sent the Savior, His very own Son Jesus.
As we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, we are restored as
God’s people. But this does not happen automatically.
We need to do our part; we need to have our proper response.
Today’s reading from the psalms show us the needed response.
we must have reverential fear for the Lord, which leads to
being humble in His presence, for He is the Almighty and we
are nothing. Apart from Him we are lost and know not the way.
Only Jesus, who is the way, can show us the way. Thus our
constant humble prayer should be: “Make known to me
your ways, Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth
and teach me, for you are God my savior.” (Ps 25:4-5a).
we must be faithful to our covenant with Him. “The counsel
of the Lord belongs to the faithful; the covenant instructs
them.” (Ps 25:14). Living out our covenant allows us
to enter more deeply into our life in Christ. Our obedience
to our covenant enables us to grow in love and faithfulness.
“All the paths of the Lord are faithful love toward
those who honor the covenant demands.” (Ps 25:10).
What is the result of reverential fear, humility, and faithfulness
result is that we gain wisdom. Wisdom is knowing how to live
according to God’s ways. It is what enables us to live
lives of righteousness and justice. It is choosing the right
path. If we “fear the Lord,” then “God shows
(us) the way to choose.” (Ps 25:12). If we humble ourselves,
then He “guides the humble rightly, and teaches the
humble the way.” (Ps 25:9). If it is then God who guides
us, then we will get to where He wants to bring us.
does God want to bring us? To the fullness of life according
to His covenant promises. Because God is righteous and just,
because His covenant is intended to pour out His blessings
upon us, then we can look to a good life. “They live
well and prosper, and their descendants inherit the land.”
Job was severely afflicted but was restored, even double.
We too in our affliction can look to God’s help and
redemption. We, as the new people of God, the new Israel,
will pass through this life’s valley of tears, but look
to inheriting the land, the new Jerusalem, that God promises
to His faithful people.
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