As Jeremiah was constantly receiving doom and gloom to pronounce on the Kingdom of Judah, you can imagine his heart sank deeper and deeper into despair. In fact, as he was receiving these proclamations from God and delivering them to the people, he was also writing the Lamentations. You can hear his heart breaking in those passages. But, God also gave to Jeremiah an uplifting prophecy as well. He promised that after all the calamity that would fall on Israel, God would one day bring His people back and set up the perfect Kingdom. In one such place, he says this:
Jeremiah 31:23–26 (NKJV) — 23 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “They shall again use this speech in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I bring back their captivity: ‘The LORD bless you, O home of justice, and mountain of holiness!’ 24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all its cities together, farmers and those going out with flocks. 25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” 26 After this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me.
When the people return in that final gathering to the glorious Kingdom, they will use the words “The Lord bless you, O home of justice, and mountain of holiness!” This will be because Jesus himself will reign from Jerusalem. He will bless all ad He will proclaim and bring forth justice. His temple mount will be a mountain of holiness. This so encouraged Jeremiah that Jeremiah says his sleep was sweet to him. It was probably the first time in a long time that Jeremiah had sweet sleep.
For us, the born again, this should not just define the future, but should define us right now. We are blessed of the Lord. Because of that, we should be pillars of justice. We should be pillars of righteousness. Each of us should be a mountain of holiness. Paul, in writing to the Thessalonians who were waiting for the glorious Kingdom to come, writes to them about this holiness.
1 Thessalonians 3:11–13 (NKJV) — 11 Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. 12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, 13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.
Holiness comes by following the direction of God. It is the fruit of love. Love is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We receive love from God and grow in it. Love is the ultimate manifestation of holiness. With love, and only with love, can our hearts be established as blameless and holy before God. Let us love one another.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Jeremiah 51-52
- Day 2 – Lamentations 1-2
- Day 3 – Lamentations 3-5
- Day 4 – Ezekiel 1-4
- Day 5 – Ezekiel 5-8
- Day 6 – Ezekiel 9-12
- Day 7 – Ezekiel 13-15