Our God makes and keeps promises. This chapter begins with God’s promises of restoration, forgiveness, and steadfast love to Jerusalem and Judah. The following verses in the chapter remind us of God’s commitments to fulfilling promises or covenants. The chapter ends with a reminder of God’s faithfulness reaching from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their offspring to demonstrate God’s promise-keeping.
Scholars do not consider the book of Jeremiah a messianic text like other books in the Old Testament, for example, Isaiah, in its echoing of God’s promises of a messiah or savior. However, these verses resonate with God’s promise of and God’s people’s hope for a messiah. John Wesley, the founder of the early Methodist revival movement in Great Britain, comments on this text in his Explanatory Notes upon the Old Testament. Wesley is particularly interested in the name “The Lord is our righteousness.” Wesley states this is a promise relating to Christ to carry on David’s failed lineage (33:16-17). The coming of this king, or messiah, as described in Jeremiah will fulfill God’s promises to Israel and the house of Judah, facilitating God’s justice, righteousness, and salvation.
God promises salvation alongside steadfast love, forgiveness, and restoration. This is God’s gift of hope to us and all creation. God promises and acts in the midst of the messy chaos of the world by sending Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, fully human and fully divine, to live with us, deeply love us, and fully redeem and save us. In the season of Advent we wait with expectation and hope, faith and confidence in God’s promises.

Reflect upon the gift of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, and the implications for our lives and all creation—and in prayer, give thanks to God.

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Leccionario Semanal
November 26 – December 2, 2018
Resumen de la Escritura

As we prepare our hearts for Advent, the celebration of Jesus’ first coming, we remember in Jeremiah that the birth of Jesus has a deep background, a background rooted in God’s promise to David. Psalm 25, traditionally credited to David, speaks of God’s faithfulness to those who follow the paths of the Lord. David asks God to teach him to follow God’s paths even more closely. The New Testament readings actually point us toward Jesus’ second coming. Paul encourages the Thessalonians to excel in holiness and love while they wait. In Luke, Jesus discusses the coming of the kingdom in a passage that some find confusing. We note that he focuses not on the exact time frame of the arrival of the kingdom but on our need to be alert.

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read Jeremiah 33:14-16. What has been your experience with a promise-making and promise-keeping God?
• Read Psalm 25:1-10. How do you perceive God’s instruction in your life?
• Read 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13. How has God’s presence buoyed you up in times of persecution or distress?
• Read Luke 21:25-36. What is your Advent posture this year? If “believing is seeing” were true in your life, what would you see?

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