For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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How the faithful city has become a whore,
she who was full of justice!
Righteousness lodged in her,
but now murderers.
Your silver has become dross,
your best wine mixed with water.
Your princes are rebels
and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
and runs after gifts.
They do not bring justice to the fatherless,
and the widow’s cause does not come to them.
Therefore the Lord declares,
the LORD of hosts,
the Mighty One of Israel:
“Ah, I will get relief from my enemies
and avenge myself on my foes.
I will turn my hand against you
and will smelt away your dross as with lye
and remove all your alloy.
And I will restore your judges as at the first,
and your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you shall be called
the city of righteousness,
the faithful city.”
Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
and those in her who repent,
But rebels and sinners shall be broken together,
and those who forsake the LORD
shall be consumed.
For they shall be ashamed of the oaks
that you desired;
and you shall blush for the gardens
that you have chosen.
For you shall be like an oak
whose leaf withers,
and like a garden without water.
And the strong shall become tinder,
and his work a spark,
and both of them shall burn together,
with none to quench them.
This is a promise to burn off the rebelliousness. This is a promise to purify the filth and leave the pure once again – restored.
There is a promise of restoration with a new beginning as it was originally. This promise is spoken directly to those who repent. It doesn’t stop with repentance. They will be redeemed by righteousness. Two things here, repentance leads to change. It is a turning away from the filth to the pure. Second, righteousness comes to us through Christ. We are redeemed by his blood. Justice is served. And the new will have a new name; righteous and faithful.
We have been redeemed. We stand for justice. We work to give relief to the fatherless and the widow, those who cannot help themselves. We live by the commands/words of Jesus. In that place we can be called righteous and faithful.
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