"Wait and Watch for the Light" (Jeremiah 33:14-16)Rev. Dr. Marjorie E. Nunes, December 2, 2018
Part of the Advent series, preached at a Advent service
God’s first creative word called forth light in the midst of the primeval darkness. Light is necessary for making God’s creative works visible and life possible. But when we read Genesis chapter 1 we often think of physical darkness. Yet there would be another kind of darkness that would come into the world into hearts of humanity! That would be spiritual darkness of sin, which ushers in evil, injustice, hatred, malice, etc. The prophet Jeremiah speaks to a community that is acutely aware of this tension. Jerusalem has been completely devastated in the Babylonian invasion of 587 BCE, and the inhabitants of Israel have been scattered from their homeland, living as conquered people in Babylonian captivity. For those living in exile, their way of life has been completely overturned. Their sense of security has been violated. They have no idea if they will live to see their home again.
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14Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. 15In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. 16In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness. (KJV)