Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 24, 2017

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

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 32:28-44.  The next devotion, God willing, will be posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 after I return from a short vacation.

Therefore thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am about to give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will take it.  The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city will enter and set this city on fire and burn it, with the houses where people have offered incense to Baal on their roofs and poured out drink offerings to other gods to provoke Me to anger.   Indeed the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah have been doing only evil in My sight from their youth;  for the sons of Israel have been only provoking Me to anger by the work of their hands,” declares the Lord.  “Indeed this city has been to Me a provocation of My anger and My wrath from the day that they built it, even to this day, so that it should be removed from before My face, because of all the evil of the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah which they have done to provoke Me to anger—they, their kings, their leaders, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.  They have turned their back to Me and not their face; though I taught them, teaching again and again, they would not listen and receive instruction.  But they put their detestable things in the house which is called by My name, to defile it.  They built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

“Now therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning this city of which you say, ‘It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine and by pestilence.’  Behold, I will gather them out of all the lands to which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath and in great indignation;  and I will bring them back to this place and make them dwell in safety.  They shall be My people, and I will be their God;  and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them.  I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good;  and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.  I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul.  For thus says the Lord, ‘Just as I brought all this great disaster on this people, so I am going to bring on them all the good that I am promising them.  Fields will be bought in this land of which you say, “It is a desolation, without man or beast;  it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.”  Men will buy fields for money, sign and seal deeds, and call in witnesses in the land of Benjamin, in the environs of Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland and in the cities of the Negev;  for I will restore their fortunes,’ declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 32:28-44.

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In today’s Scripture, we see the justice of God, the lovingkindness of God, and the righteousness of God.  Praise God!

We see the justice of God in punishing the people of Jerusalem and the rest of Judah for their sins in the first paragraph (verses 29-36). 

We see the lovingkindness of God in restoring their fortunes in the second paragraph (verses 37-44).

We see the righteousness of God in putting the fear of God in their hearts so that they would not turn away from God (verses 39-40).

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.

And so, we are blessed to learn more about God and understand and know Him.

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.

“A throne will even be established in lovingkindness,
And a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David;
Moreover, he will seek justice
And be prompt in righteousness.”  Isaiah 16:5.

19 “I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice,
In lovingkindness and in compassion,
20 And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness.
Then you will know the Lord.”  Hosea 2:19-20.

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