"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth."
Yesterday: What did God Promise to King David?
At David’s Coronation, the prophet Samuel shares with us what God promised to David concerning himself, his reign, and his future lineage (2 Samuel 7).
Today: God’s Concern for His People
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David.”
“Behold, the days come.” Jeremiah is looking to the future as he writes.
“When the Lord shall gather His people out of the dispersion, then will He raise up shepherds over them who will so feed them that they shall no longer need to fear or to be dismayed before enemies who might be strong enough to subjugate, slay, and carry them captive” (K&D).
In future times when the nation has been scattered (dispersed), the sheep are fearful and hungry with no one to care for them. Jeremiah picks up on Ezekiel’s thoughts about shepherds tending God’s sheep (Ezekiel 34:8). If the shepherd’s shirk their responsibility to the sheep, the wild beasts come and malign and kill sheep in the flock. Since those shepherds have not cared for God’s sheep, they have become scattered and lost. They are easy prey for the wolves who will devour them.
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:1-2).
God will gather up His sheep from all countries (from the dispersion) and bring them together (Jeremiah 23:3). He will give them faithful shepherds to care for them (Jeremiah 23:4).
Then the LORD will raise up a particular person for David! This promised-One will make all the difference for His people. Who is this promised One?
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots” (Isaiah 11:1).
Come back tomorrow, and let’s keep thinking together through this verse.
Quote: Why did God select David to be the king? “And when He had removed him [Saul], He raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also He gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will” (Acts 13:22). Though not perfect, God knew that David loved Him deeply! David had a desire to glorify Jehovah, and he was willing to do God’s will.
 Keil & Delitzsch, Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament, the electronic version in eSword. Jeremiah 23:5.