"The days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David's line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness."What a promise! Jeremiah served the Almighty and ministered to the people of Judah at a time when the glories of David and Solomon were stories of past glory. The kingdom was long divided and Israel to the north had been shattered by the Assyrians. Judah now was on the verge of falling to the armies of Babylon. In the midst of all this bad news comes this prophecy of hope; A righteous ruler will arrive on the scene and Jerusalem will be safe and secure.
Many (if not most) today are sensing a similar dread as they skim The Drudge Report or listen to the news. We seem also to be living in a time of despair where our rulers are evil atheists and our enemies are at the gates. Yet the promise made 2,600 years ago is ours to hold onto in Advent. Our deliver is coming!
There is hope in Advent!