Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fw: Plans fulfilled

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From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:39 AM
Subject: Plans fulfilled

Jeremiah 33:14 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: 'The Lord is our righteousness.'
Jeremiah was known as the "weeping prophet".  He prophesied over a period of fifty years and five kings in Judah.  It was a time when Israel was far from the Lord and they had given their hearts to worshiping false gods.  The Lord answered by conquering them and taking them into captivity.  But through Jeremiah He also gave the promise quoted above, that a "righteous Branch" from the house of David would eventually come to "execute justice and righteousness".  A commentary I read said that this is referring to the second coming of Jesus, when He will rule as conquering king.  When Jeremiah prophesied he wasn't believed widely.  In fact people got tired of his words, which often predicted judgement and the coming conquest of the Babylonians.  At one point he was even thrown down a deep pit...but survived.  Jeremiah lived about 600 years before Christ.  His words are still being fulfilled.
There are some today who scoff at the reality of God and who demean those who tell of His coming and of His coming again.  But, like Jeremiah, the plan of God is not dependent on the opinion of scoffers.  And many who weep today will rejoice in the many tomorrows of eternity.
Rob Smith

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