David Mathis recently wrote for Desiring God,
“When we lose our wonder, we are prone to wander. The better we know the Old Testament, the more we will stand in awe of Jesus.”
The more time I spend in the Old Testament, the truer I find this to be. I’ve been reading in Jeremiah, and it could be tempting to skim over prophecy as dark, depressing, or outdated. But when we remember that all Scripture points to Christ the King, Christ the Redeemer, even what we are tempted to ignore can reveal stunning truth.
In Jeremiah 33, God was speaking of His eternal covenant with the house of David, addressing the thought of the day that assumed the covenant would be broken. He spoke and said:
“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…
…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.’” (Jeremiah 33:19-21, 25-26)
To simplify this beautiful, earth-shattering section of the text, if God hasn’t broken His covenant to keep turning night into day into night over and over since the creation of the planet, how could He break a lesser covenant? If He holds the moon and stars and sun in place every single day, what promises does He lack the power to keep?
This has been on my mind all week. What makes it even more powerful is that God’s assurance that He wouldn’t reject the line of David came to absolute fulfillment in the person of Jesus. Jesus is the epitome of the promises of God, and through Him, we can have a covenant of everlasting salvation. Praise God.