Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 23, 2017

“For the Lord loves justice”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 1:11-19.

11 The word of the Lord came to me saying, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”  And I said, “I see a rod of an almond tree.”  12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”

13 The word of the Lord came to me a second time saying, “What do you see?”  And I said, “I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.”  14 Then the Lord said to me, “Out of the north the evil will break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.  15 For, behold, I am calling all the families of the kingdoms of the north,” declares the Lord;  “and they will come and they will set each one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its walls round about and against all the cities of Judah.  16 I will pronounce My judgments on them concerning all their wickedness, whereby they have forsaken Me and have offered sacrifices to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands.  17 Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you.  Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them.  18 Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land.  19 They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 1:11-19.

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Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

Other doctrine forms their god according to their desires to be some type of Santa Claus who only shows lovingkindness.

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture Who shows justice in addition to lovingkindness.

Today’s Scripture shows God’s love of justice in His expressed intent to pronounce judgments against the wicked and to punish the wicked. 

For the Lord loves justice
And does not forsake His godly ones;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.”  Psalm 37:5.

“He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.”  Psalm 33:5.

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
Lovingkindness and truth go before You.”  Psalm 89:14.

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