May 24, 2020, Jeremiah 22:1-10 – Post 3 – ISSL Reflections

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What have you heard from Jeremiah this week?

Did you hear his call to justice and righteousness?

Did you hear who he calls the King and Kingdom to act with justice and righteousness toward?

Do you feel called to live as a citizen of such a Kingdom?

Or maybe you look for that kind of Kingdom to dwell in? If so, how do you journey toward it and recognize it?

Or maybe what captures your attention is Jermeiah’s delivery of words of judgement.

He sees what can be a Kingdom of justice and righteousness, but tells those who listen that it can become a place of desolation, a desert, cut down and uninhabited.

And if that is not enough, he sees people, “… who go away … [and] shall return no more to see their native land” (Jeremiah 22:10).

Do you have a vision of that native land? A land where justice and righteousness abide? Or do you count yourself among those Jeremiah counsels us to weep for?

Yet, Jeremiah gives us hope for even in speaking of judgement, he tells us desolation comes, “Because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshiped other gods and served them.” (Jeremiah 22:9)

WIth those words, Jeremiah points the way for us to move away from desolation. He points us toward serving the God who is the God of justice and righteousness and life and not a god of death and destruction.

Again and again Scripture reminds us we have a choice to make. Are we to seek the Kingdom of God Jesus spoke of, or another?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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