Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christ in Jeremiah

~ Jesus Christ Is The Righteous Branch—The Lord Our Righteousness ~

The Bible is about Jesus Christ  ~  “Jesus said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?’  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself” (Luke 24:25-27).

In the Book of Jeremiah we see The Messiah—Jesus Christ several ways.  First, and foremost, He is the Righteous Branch and the Lord our righteousness. 

“‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David a Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely.  And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’  “For thus says the Lord: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’” And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers.  As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.’”  Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Have you not considered what these people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the Lord  has chosen, He has also cast them off?’  Thus they have despised My people, as if they should no more be a nation before them.  “Thus says the Lord: ‘If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  For I will cause their captives to return, and will have mercy on them’” (Jeremiah 33:14-26, see also 31: 27-34). 

Comment  ~  We have only touched the surface of Christ in Jeremiah.  For example, Jesus Christ is also seen in the Book of Jeremiah in the weeping prophet and as the King of Israel.  Also much more could be said about Christ—The Righteous Branch and The Lord our Righteousness.

additional comments: 

1.  The complete fulfillment of these images of our Messiah are still in the future.

2.  The book of Jeremiah is quoted in the New Testament:  Jeremiah 38:15 ~ Matthew 2:18.

3.  While on earth Jesus Christ often quoted the Scriptures including at least once from the Book of Jeremiah:  Jeremiah 7:11  ~   Matthew 21:13 and Mark 11:17.

4.  Compare these passages from Jeremiah with New Testament passages:   
Jeremiah 9:24  ~  1 Corinthians 1:31 and 2 Corinthians 10:17
Jeremiah 17:10  ~  Revelation 2:23 
Jeremiah 23:3  ~  2 Corinthians 6:17-18
Jeremiah 37:22  ~  2 Corinthians 6:16
Jeremiah 38:1 ~  2 Corinthians 6:16
Jeremiah 38:31-34  ~  Hebrews 8:8-12 and Hebrews 10:16-17 
Jeremiah 39:38  ~  2 Corinthians 6:16

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  1. Our Sunday School class is studying through Jeremiah - still a few Sundays to go! I'll be sharing this with Pastor.