Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 24, 2017

“the Lord who is the habitation of righteousness, Even the Lord, the hope of their fathers”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 50:1-16.

“The word which the Lord spoke concerning Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, through Jeremiah the prophet:

“Declare and proclaim among the nations.
Proclaim it and lift up a standard.
Do not conceal it but say,
‘Babylon has been captured,
Bel has been put to shame, Marduk has been shattered;
Her images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered.’

For a nation has come up against her out of the north; it will make her land an object of horror, and there will be no inhabitant in it. Both man and beast have wandered off, they have gone away!

“In those days and at that time,” declares the Lord, “the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah as well; they will go along weeping as they go, and it will be the Lord their God they will seek.  They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction;  they will come that they may join themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.

“My people have become lost sheep;
Their shepherds have led them astray.
They have made them turn aside on the mountains;
They have gone along from mountain to hill
And have forgotten their resting place.
“All who came upon them have devoured them;
And their adversaries have said, ‘We are not guilty,
Inasmuch as they have sinned against the Lord who is the habitation of righteousness,
Even the Lord, the hope of their fathers.’”  Jeremiah 50:1-7.

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As fathers, we have no greater joy than to know our children our walking in the truth.  “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”  3 John 1:4.

We try to lead by example.  We also try to verbally teach them.  We put them in Christian schools.  We bring them to church.  We may even bring them to Sunday School and catechism.  We pray with them and read Scripture with them.  We discipline them. 

And, those are all good things for us as fathers to do.  We should do all those things and other things as well.

But, today’s Scripture reminds us that the LORD Himself is the habitation of righteousness.  Verse 7.  If our LORD does not somehow draw our children into fellowship and habitation in Him, then all is lost.

We can never view our children nor ourselves as free, not subject to outside influences.  We don’t have free-will.  We are enslaved to sin and Satan.  Today’s Scripture calls us lost sheep led astray.

“My people have become lost sheep;
Their shepherds have led them astray.
They have made them turn aside on the mountains;
They have gone along from mountain to hill
And have forgotten their resting place. ”  Verse 6.

Reformed Doctrine puts it all together.

In sharpest contrast to the LORD Who is the habitation of righteousness, there is no righteousness that inhabits us.  Our natural condition is “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  We are dead in sin, hostile to God, enslaved to sin and Satan. 

10 as it is written,

There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”  Romans 3:10-12.

Other doctrine presents shepherds who point the way to salvation and then leave it to their disciples to use their alleged free-will and wisdom to go to the resting places of salvation.

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the Good Shepherd of the Scripture Who goes out to find His lost sheep and Who carries them to salvation. 

Reformed Doctrine presents “the habitation of righteousness” Who by His doing brings them within the habitation of righteousness.  “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

In summary, Reformed Doctrine presents the LORD of Scripture Who does all that is necessary for the salvation of His people from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation. 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-7.

even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:5-9.

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