“Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever” (2 Chronicles 21:7).TEXT — 2 Chronicles 21:1-11
In theology, a covenant or pact, is described as a solemn “agreement which brings about a relationship of commitment between God and His people”. For instance, the Jewish faith is based on the biblical covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and later reiterated in the days of Moses and David. It obliged Him to bless, guide and protect His people among other benefits, under the condition that they would wholly obey Him.
Repeatedly, these descendants of Abraham failed to honour their part of the deal. Kings, in particular, led the rebellion. A case was Jehoram who reigned in Judah after the death of Jehoshaphat his father. He embarked on a murderous voyage on ascension, killing all his brethren and doing much evil in the sight of the Lord. This should have provoked the Lord to withdraw from the covenant.
Our loving God, however, would not move against Israel or destroy the house of David because of the covenant He had made with him wherein He promised to give a light to him and to his sons forever. Built into God’s nature and covenant is an elastic justice system that accommodates mercy for the repentant, even in the severest instances of imposing penalties for wrongdoings.
Close to his death, after decades of enjoying life under God’s covenant, Joshua said of the Lord’s promises, “And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you…” (Joshua 23:14). His time-honoured statement is worth repeating and embracing.
Thought for the day
We can safely put our faith in God’s faithfulness because He keeps His every promise.
- in one year
- 1 CORINTHIANS 5 – 7