Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Can You Hear Me Now?

The Prophet Isaiah declares that we all like sheep have gone astray. He may have well been thinking of the people of his day and time. Yet his words ring still ring true in this 21st century. Again, it seems that my theme will be on righteousness. Today's post has for its text Jeremiah 23:6 and 33:16.

Jeremiah begins chapter 23 with a word of judgment from the Lord concerning the corrupt religious leaders of the time. Then the Lord declares his salvation to the remnant of His flock. He speaks of bringing them back to their pastures and how they will again be fruitful and increase.

“In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: "The LORD Our Righteousness." Jeremiah 23:6 NIV This verse is repeated again in Jeremiah 33:16 following a description of the restored people of Israel.

The picture is of a people that will be known by the name, Jehovah-Zidkenu; The Lord our righteousness. They are a joyful, glad, thankful family of worshippers. They are no longer afraid or terrified of their enemies. Their fortunes will be restored and their families will be intact. Once again they will be in the safety of His fold.

Oh, what joy to be made righteous by the hand of the Lord! To know that each one is special to the Good Shepherd as we pass under His hand. (Jeremiah 33:13) He counts us one by one, knows each of us by name, and is pleased to call us His own.
Can it be any clearer? We can only be righteous through Him. John 10:27 sums it up this way; "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." KJV

He is calling; "Can you hear me now?" 11/15/06 PT2006


Kathleen Marie said...

An excellent message but somedays I think God thinks I need to take the cotton out of my ears.

I need to hear better, listen more and shut up more often.

Thanks again!

Dave said...

The world is far too noisy these days, and it makes it ever so difficult to focus on the still small voice of the Spirit.