The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 54, David's Branch

Jeremiah 23:5-6 “The days are coming”—this is the Lord’s declaration—
“when I will raise up a Righteous Branch of David.
He will reign wisely as king
and administer justice and righteousness in the land.
 In His days Judah will be saved,
and Israel will dwell securely.
This is what He will be named:
Yahweh Our Righteousness.

The religious leaders shouldn’t have been too surprised when Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. Here, in a prophecy about the Messiah, it names him as Yahweh. That was the name for God the Father.

So the righteous branch will be righteous because he is God.

Under his rule, still yet to come, Israel and Judah will be reunited. They will recognize him as king and judge. He will control all things, but with perfect wisdom so that all the people live in security.

As in the other plant images, Christ is a branch because he cannot be intrinsically part of the tree. To fulfill prophecies, he needs the same heritage, but he cannot have the sin that comes through mankind.

Later in Jeremiah, in chapter 33, these words are repeated almost verbatim. But there is an addition here in verse seventeen, “For this is what the Lord says: David will never fail to have a man sitting on the throne of the house of Israel.”

Because of God’s promise to David, the Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord or Lords had to come from his lineage. The throne of Israel currently has Jesus sitting on it—though most don’t know it or can’t see it. That goes back to the dual nature of Zion. In the heavenly Jerusalem, Jesus already rules and reigns supreme.

But one day that rule will come to Earth, too.

People talk about certain blissful or happy things being ‘heaven on earth’. This time in the prophecy truly will be. No one will have reason to fear. Peace and security will be daily givens.

Until then, we have to trust that God’s purposes.

Lamentation of the Millennium

I find no joy in the things of this world,

The leaders, the land, the hearts of men,

All decay continually like so much dead flesh.

I watch the souls evaporate in hell's heat,

Making animals of human beings.

I am a Jeremiah, weeping for my people,

Shedding a tear each time Satan smiles.

Still, through it all, I see God's hand.

He is ever in control!  He has not left His throne!

And I rejoice that the Love of my soul

Holds all which is dear...

And He will not let go.

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Introduction to The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Holding Jesus

Day 3, A Sketch of Simeon

Simeon Was a Godly Man

Day 5, Simeon's Testimony

Day 6, Prophecies for the Gentiles

Day 7, Blessing to Nations

Day 8, A Holy People

Day 9, Welcoming God's Firstborn

Day 10, The Name of Simeon

Day 11, Staying Alive

Day 12, Following the Spirit

Day 13, Taking Up Jesus

Day 14, God's Slave

Day 15, True Peace

Day 16, Seeing Reality

Day 17, The Intent of the Law

Day 18, For All Peoples

Day 19, Making Mary and Joseph Marvel

Day 20, A Blessing

Day 21, Hinting at the Rest of the Story

Day 22, Mary Will Grieve

Day 23, Making Simeon into Simeon

Day 24, Prophet to the Prophets

Day 25, A Priest Like Melchizedek

Day 26, Destined for Sacrifice

Day 27, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 1

Day 28, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 2

Day 29, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, Part 3

Day 30, Jesus as the Lamb (con.)

Day 31, Simeon as a Man of Gratitude

Day 32, Sacrificing Lambs in the Old Testament

Day 33, The Silent Lamb

Day 34, The Messiah as Light

Day 35, Jesus the Stumbling Block

Day 36, Jesus as the Rock

Day 37, The Precious Cornerstone

Day 38, The Stone in Zion

Day 39, The Cornerstone and the Gate

Day 40, The Stone of Judgment

Day 41, Into Zion First

Day 42, Restoring the Booth of David

Day 43, Forgotten Stones

Day 44, Blessed to Receive

Day 45, Crown Him with Many Crowns

Day 46, Identifying the Son of God

Day 47, The Best Storyteller Ever

Day 48, In Bethlehem, the City of David

Day 49, Born a King

Day 50, The Living Jesus

Day 51, The Mountain Tree (Part 1)

Day 52, The Mountain Tree (Part 2)

Day 53, The Root of Jesse

Day 54, David's Branch

Day 55, The Cursed Tree

Day 56, Time Fulfilled

Day 58 through 60

Day 57, Born David's King