Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 6-7, Ezekiel 15-16, 2 Corinthians 1, Psalm 56
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
Every promise of God has been, are being, and will be fulfilled. Guaranteed. There is no doubt about it. Period.
All of His promises find their answer in Jesus.
God could (and still can!) make unbelievably remarkable and breathtaking promises because of Jesus. God’s promises cause our jaws to drop and our minds to go into shock. But they are promises that cannot nor will not be broken. They find their YES in Jesus.
YESSIR . . . they do.
Consider these promises, just from today’s reading. . .
“‘When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. . . but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” 2 Samuel 7:12-13, 15-16
God promised to establish David’s throne . . . forever.
One would come from the line of David and His kingdom would be . . . forever.
This makes no sense . . . apart from Jesus. He is King forever.
“I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you for all that you have done, declares the Lord God.” Ezekiel 16:62-63
Ezekiel 16 is a very difficult chapter. There’s some scary stuff up in there. God’s people had been bad. . . Very bad. Yet, astonishingly, the chapter closes with hope. Though they have been and acted with horrific shame, God promises to keep His end of the deal.
How can God say – in the same sentence, mind you – “never open your mouth again because of your shame” and “when I atone for you all that you have done”?
How can that be? Can God do that? In one breath declare how evil they have been against Him and in another say He would atone for them? Does God brush their sin under the rug in the hopes that it just goes away? How can He get away with this?
He gets away with it because the punishment due His people for their evil would be paid for . . . by His Son, Jesus.
All of God’s promises find their YES in Him.
Or, what about Psalm 56:8? “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”
Here we have a promise that God knows every time we toss on our beds in stress. He knows every tear we shed. He even has a bottle of our tears with our names on them. He keeps record of all of our struggles and pain. He cares so deeply and intimately about each one of us.
How can we know this for sure? How can we know that God does, indeed, love us like this?
All of His promises find their YES in Jesus.
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 5:8, 8:32
God’s love for us is demonstrated and expressed through the killing of His own Son on our behalf.
Yes. Yes it is.