Day 139.

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 22:16 ESV)

He writes to the king about the job of the king, which is to protect the people from their enemies and provide justice to the people. This is what it is to know the Lord as this reflects the Lord’s work. He brings justice for the oppressed. Instead, the kings of Judah were guilty of exploiting the people for their own gain. Instead of looking out for the oppressed, they were the oppressors, taxing the people to build bigger homes for themselves.

How about you? Do you know the Lord according to this definition?

Lord, give me a true concern for the poor and needy among us, and wisdom to know how I might minister to them from my place. You are my protector and liberator.

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