Monday, December 3

Jeremiah 33: 14-16 (New Century Version)

The Lord says, "The time is coming when I will do the good thing I promised to the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time, I will make a good branch sprout from David's family. He will do what is fair and right in the land. At that time Judah will be saved, and the people of Jerusalem will live in safety. The branch will be named: “The Lord Does What Is Right."

I do not have a green thumb. In fact, my thumb is sort of like the grim reaper. Everything it touches dies. No matter how hard I work, how closely I follow directions, my plants never survive!

For Valentine’s day, my husband gave me a Bonsai tree. It was supposed to be foolproof. Well, my foolish horticultural abilities even killed the foolproof Bonsai!

It is for this very reason that I marvel at the idea of God making a good branch sprout from a tree that is thousands of years old! Of course, I know this is just a metaphor, but still, God’s thumb is perfectly green, is it not? This new branch, our scripture mentions, is sprouting from the family tree.

Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, was a descendant of King David. He was part of David’s family tree, and Jesus was a brand-new branch that took the tree in a whole know direction!

From the line of the beloved of King David came the one true King. The king who would deliver all His people from the enemy. THIS is a king worthy of our worship and praise!

Pray: Lord, because Jesus was new branch in David’s tree, we Too are a knew part of the family, of YOUR family. Thank you for bringing us our beloved King Jesus, and help us to live as worthy princes and princesses of your kingdom. Amen