Our righteousness - Bible Studies for Life for April 15, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
April 15, 2018
Jeremiah 33:3-8, 14-16 (ESV)
Warren Buffett, the billionaire founder of Berkshire Hathaway, sums up his stock-buying philosophy as, “Buy low and sell high.” The prophet Jeremiah was called by God to buy land amid the besiegement of Jerusalem by the king of Babylon, prior to the Lord giving him words of affirmation for His people. Christian author Warren Wiersbe wrote, “This is Jeremiah’s James 2:26 moment, and he is proving his faith is alive.” Jeremiah 33 is the outcome of Jeremiah’s faithfulness to the calling of God and God’s response to the hopeless state of His people.
In Jeremiah 33:3-5, God was displaying His judgment against His people for their turning their backs on Him and worshipping idols. One can only assume they weren’t keeping the first four commandments. God, in His righteous anger, used the Chaldeans to execute His judgment and bring His people to their knees. The “hidden” or “unsearchable” things of God Jeremiah pointed out aren’t learned from sieging the city, but through seeking God in prayer (call=prayer). God wanted their dependence, but their diet for idol worship left them defiled.
In Jeremiah 33:6-8, God promised restoration, that is, complete forgiveness for His people. The people of God would once again become an example of God’s righteousness, His grace and His mercy to all who are witnesses (Jer. 33:9). God as a Restorer was not a new concept as it related to the Israelites. One only needs to look back to Deuteronomy 30:3-13.
The greatest blessing for Israel wasn’t just their restoration in the present, but the promise, as Wiersbe wrote, “of a King reigning in righteousness!” The Lord being righteous means that Israel will bear that title as well, not in rebuilt temples or military dominance, but with sending Jesus, a part of the line of David, to make all things right. The great hope for believers is that in the end, God makes all things right (Rev. 21:1-8). As believers, our faith in Jesus, not our works, produces righteousness in our lives.