Jeremiah 23:5: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.”
Jeremiah looking ahead prophesying that the time is coming, when God will keep his promise to David. It’s interesting that God puts it this way. He’s choosing to limit himself by keeping his promises. He is choosing to use David’s line to bring justice and righteousness.
This is very specifically calling on the imagery of the forever king that has been promised, and it sounds like the time is getting closer. He calls back the promises we have heard, but in this case God specifically says that he will raise him. It will be because of God that we have this forever king, not because of anything the kingship has done.
Jeremiah points out that the forever king will deal wisely. The last king of David’s line to be given the tagline of wise was granted special wisdom from God. He received the blessing of wisdom, and for a time used that wisdom well. After some time, King Solomon, the wisest king to this time, began to forsake his wisdom and turn to pleasures that would never fully satisfy. He passed his reign on to his son who couldn’t find value in the wisdom of his father’s officials, but instead relied on the grandiose ideas of his colleges. This led to civil war within the kingdom. When Jeremiah attributes wisdom to the forever king, it gives us pause. We remember Solomon is his good years, but we also regret the years he pursued other ventures. When we look to the new king, we long for the righteousness to accompany the wisdom, knowing what unchecked wisdom can lead to.
You continue your faithfulness to a kingship that can’t stay committed to you. You prepare in advance for all the people a king whose wisdom will be remembered and treasured higher than Solomon’s. We long to see the eternal kingdom.
In Jesus’ Name,
Carol of the day:
Sing We Now of Christmas
Use today to play a board game together. The time playing is more than just playing the game. Find one that involves teamwork, cooperation and the ability to rely on others. Games like this help to improve these skills beyond the game and build relationships.