Day 146: God is Serious about Israel

Jeremiah 33:19-26

Yahweh’s word came to Jeremiah, saying, “Yahweh says: ‘If you can break my covenant of the day and my covenant of the night, so that there will not be day and night in their time, then my covenant could also be broken with David my servant, that he won’t have a son to reign on his throne; and with the Levitical priests, my ministers. As the army of the sky can’t be counted, and the sand of the sea can’t be measured, so I will multiply the offspring of David my servant and the Levites who minister to me.’ ”

Yahweh’s word came to Jeremiah, saying, “Don’t consider what this people has spoken, saying, ‘Has Yahweh cast off the two families which he chose?’ Thus they despise my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.” Yahweh says: “If my covenant of day and night fails, if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then I will also cast away the offspring of Jacob, and of David my servant, so that I will not take of his offspring to be rulers over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; for I will cause their captivity to be reversed and will have mercy on them.”

As God continues to repeat His intention to restore Israel and reverse the captivity, He mentions a couple of other things. One thing is that there were people who had concluded that God had “cast off” His chosen people. God was making it very, very, very clear that this was not correct. Isn’t it amazing that there are Christians concluding this same thing today when God has said that He intends His people to be there in the end? They conveniently apply the promises to themselves and say that God has cast off Israel. The horrible thing is that God usually has a punishment in store for those who cast off Israel.

We also read here that God illustrates the strength of His commitment to Israel’s future by comparing it to His promise to keep the systems of the earth running. We all know that if the sun didn’t come up that it would be a big deal for us, but there’s actually a bigger underlying issue here. Did you know that this promise to maintain the seasons is the basis for all science? Let’s read that promise.

Genesis 8:22

While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.”

God made this covenant with Noah who is the father of all of us and it basically gives us a reason to believe that tomorrow will be like today and that this year will be much like last year and that there will be food available. What God is telling us is that the future has been made to be like the past. This allows us to do science because science requires repeatability. So not only does this promise make it possible for us to eat, it also is the basis for all technological progress that has ever been made since the day that Noah stepped off of the ark. God’s promise to Israel is so strong that He would easily revoke all technological advancement if He decided to not follow through Israel. The fact is that if God were to lie about anything, everything He has ever said would then be in question. Reality itself would stop existing. God will restore Israel and God will have His Messiah reign in Jerusalem. If He doesn’t, we will all cease to exist.