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Jeremiah 22

In a modern-day court hearing, an offender is brought before the judge and the laws he has broken are read. After his actions are held up before the law, the defendant receives his sentence. Understandably, one should be made aware of his transgression so that he can understand the justice in his punishment. In today’s text, God speaks through Jeremiah and puts the kings of Judah on trial. In verse three we are told what God requires of the leaders of His people:

Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. (Jeremiah 22:3 ESV)

Do justice and righteousness. Live in right relationship with God and in right relationship with your fellow man. Interestingly, this command in Jeremiah is the essence of the entire law that God gave the Israelites. Jesus attests to this when he was asked about the law:

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40 ESV)

God required His kings to live in obedience to His law. If they lived rightly in relationship to their God and their people they would prove to be excellent rulers. Keep reading ... 

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