Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 4, 2017

“Thus says the Lord, “Do justice and righteousness” – “Is not that what it means to know Me?”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 22.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+22&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Thus says the Lord, “Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and there speak this word and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, who sits on David’s throne, you and your servants and your people who enter these gates.  Thus says the Lord, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor.  Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow;  and do not shed innocent blood in this place.  For if you men will indeed perform this thing, then kings will enter the gates of this house, sitting in David’s place on his throne, riding in chariots and on horses, even the king himself and his servants and his people.  But if you will not obey these words, I swear by Myself,” declares the Lord, “that this house will become a desolation.”’”

13 “Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness
And his upper rooms without justice,
Who uses his neighbor’s services without pay
And does not give him his wages,
14 Who says, ‘I will build myself a roomy house
With spacious upper rooms,
And cut out its windows,
Paneling it with cedar and painting it bright red.’
15 “Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar?
Did not your father eat and drink
And do justice and righteousness?
Then it was well with him.
16 “He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy;
Then it was well.
Is not that what it means to know Me?”
Declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 22:1-5 and 13-16.

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“Thus says the Lord, “Do justice and righteousness …”  Verse 3.

We cannot just worship God and pray and expect the LORD will bless us.  We must do justice and righteousness.

We are reminded of Isaiah 58:6-11.  We may even fast in our worship to show our devotion and try to get favor from the LORD, but such fasts do not impress the LORD.  The LORD favors those who do justice and righteousness.   

“Is this not the fast which I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free
And break every yoke?
“Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him;
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
“Then your light will break out like the dawn,
And your recovery will speedily spring forth;
And your righteousness will go before you;
The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you remove the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness,
10 And if you give yourself to the hungry
And satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
Then your light will rise in darkness
And your gloom will become like midday.
11 “And the Lord will continually guide you,
And satisfy your desire in scorched places,
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”  Isaiah 58:6-11.

The LORD Himself exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness.  

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.

Those who know the LORD will seek to do those same things (justice and righteousness) that they see the Father do.  

“…  Is not that what it means to know Me?”
Declares the Lord.”  Verse 16.

Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing;  for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”  John 5:19. 

And, we who were born of the Spirit do these same things (justice and righteousness).

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.”  1 John 2:29.

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us.  God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment;  because as He is, so also are we in this world.  There is no fear in love;  but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.  We love, because He first loved us.”  I John 4:16-19. 

God created us to practice justice and righteousness.  God gives us the will to do His will.  God works within us.  God guides us in the paths of righteousness.  God completes the good work that He started in us.  Praise God!!!!!

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“…  He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.”  Psalm 23:3.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.

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