by: Judy Ledene
In these chapters, Jeremiah's sermons are directed to Judah's kings who have failed in their duty to rule justly. Jeremiah says that these kings will lose their thrones (22:8-9). Their wealth and power will not keep them from judgement because they have not done their duty to protect "the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow" (22:3). The result of idolatry is always mistreatment of the disenfranchised and the vulnerable.
God promises a "righteous branch" – a true messiah will emerge who executes justice (23:5-6). When Jesus initiated his Kingdom, unlike these kings, he was a friend of sinners, tax collectors, the poor and the disenfranchised. Of His kingdom there will be no end.