God Never Breaks His Promises

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Covenants

The second section of this chapter is introduced the phrase “the days are coming” (v. 14). This refers to both the first and second comings of Christ. At his first coming He would set up His reign in the hearts of believers, at His second coming He would execute justice and righteousness throughout the whole earth. Christ is the branch of righteousness sprouting from David the man after God’s own heart (vv. 14-16). As Christ fulfils the role of king, He also fulfils the role of Priest, maintaining constant fellowship with God and mediating for the people (vv. 17-18). Now that Christ is our High Priest, all believers are priests of God, and we can come before Him personally.

God gave two assurances that He would keep His covenant promises. Each assurance began with the same introductory phrase, “The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah,” (vv. 19, 23); and each used God’s “covenant of day and night” to illustrate the permanence of these institutions.  Only if man could break God’s covenant with the day and...the night (Gen. 1:14-19) could he break God’s covenant with David and His covenant with the Levites who are priests. That is, God’s covenants with these groups were as fixed as the natural order of the universe.

There were people who were claiming that God had so rejected the two kingdoms that He would no longer regard them as a nation (vv. 24-26). They felt that Israel’s and Judah’s sin had invalidated all God’s covenant promises so that He was no longer obligated to fulfill them. God responded to this argument by reaffirming His commitment to His covenant promises. The covenants with Abraham and David were not conditioned on the people’s obedience but on God’s character. They could be as sure of this as the fixed laws of heaven and earth.

Application

I am thankful that God cannot and will not break His promises. Because of that I am sure that God is preparing a home for me in heaven where I will spend all eternity with Him.

Jeremiah 33:14-26 (English Standard Version)

"Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: 'The LORD is our righteousness.' "For thus says the LORD: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever." The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: "Thus says the LORD: If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night will not come at their appointed time, then also my covenant with David my servant may be broken, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and my covenant with the Levitical priests my ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered and the sands of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the offspring of David my servant, and the Levitical priests who minister to me." The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: "Have you not observed that these people are saying, 'The LORD has rejected the two clans that he chose'? Thus they have despised my people so that they are no longer a nation in their sight. Thus says the LORD: If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth, then I will reject the offspring of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his offspring to rule over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them."

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