God’s Covenant Faithfulness
The preceding verses of this chapter have dealt with the sin and unfaithfulness of Jerusalem in what is “the longest single prophecy in the OT prophetic books”.
Here now, as this section comes to a conclusion, God open his arms of mercy. Though he will deal with them as their behaviour deserves because they have broken covenant faith with Him he will continue his faithfulness to the covenant terms set out in Deuteronomy 28- 30. If they return to him he will be merciful to them as he has promised, for he has not abandoned his commitment to the covenant.
When God speaks of an “everlasting covenant” commentators suggest a couple of possibilities as to what that might mean. It might refer back to the Deuteronomy covenant and mean thereby that the promise of being received back when they turn back to God will always remain open. Or it may look forward to the new covenant expressed in Ezekiel 36:25 and following verses, and Jeremiah 31:31 and following verses.
God will pardon their sins and make atonement for them and they will remember and be ashamed of what they have done. We are told in the Jeremiah 31 passage (verse 34) that God will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more. God put away sin and in some amazing way ‘forgets’ it. He does not recall it. But it is not always the case with us. I mean, though we know we forgiven it is not always easy to forget what we have done or left undone. Did Peter never have moments when with deep regret he remembered when he had denied his Master three times? When Christ has pardoned us we are pardoned and set free from guilt and shame but memory still does its work. Perhaps it is good that it should; it destroys self-confidence and sustains a grateful heart.
Our Great High Priest
- Charitie L Bancroft enables us to sing:
Before the throne of God above I have a strong and perfect plea A great High Priest whose name is love Who ever lives and pleads for me My name is graven on His hands My name is written on His heart I know that while in heav’n He stands No tongue can bid me thence depart No tongue can bid me thence depart
The High Priest was a God appointed ‘go-between’, to represent God to humans and humans to God, In Psalm 110, one of the most quoted Psalms in the New Testament God’s King is also a Priest and one, not from the House of Levi, but like ancient Melchizedek a one-off.
This high priest knows our weaknesses because he has shared our life and learned in all things the struggle of perfect obedience – something we have failed to offer. Now perfect he for us who look to him the source of eternal salvation
This is a passage to be read and re-read, believed upon, and drawn upon in our own daily walk with God