His Everlasting Covenant
- Adam Cole // September 1, 2009
1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; 3 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you — The sure mercies of David. —Isaiah 53: 1,3
The book of Isaiah, spoken by the prophet Isaiah, details the tragic fall of the Hebrew people to the hands of the Babylon people and also depicts a sort of apolocolyptic ending to the world. It first conveys Israel’s deep sin, how the nation places the exploits of man above the Lord, and how the nation loses its faith and turns to human ways to make peace and prosperity. For this, God allows Babylon to take the people and their possessions captive. But, as we know, the Lord has unbounded grace, and He chooses to redeem His people, as the author predicts; He alludes to the rise of Cyrus, of Persia, who would conquer Babylon and free the Hebrew people.
Chapters 40 thru 55 of Isaiah seek to capture this essence of being broken by captivity, to recall why it happened, and to give hope of a new future, and a restoration by the All Mighty God. While it seems natural that the Hebrew people would sort of run into the arms of the Lord, post-exile, the author has to inspire that type of thinking, to call the Hebrew to not look at their Heavenly Father with disdain for His chastisement, but instead to see Him as the giver of life, an everlasting life.
The beauty of the verse above is that it puts in perspective the sense of an everlasting covenant, that no matter what, God has decreed to His people, first to the Hebrews and now to all of us through Christ.
Psalm 103:17-18 illuminates this further:
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
Then, as God speaks to Noah (Genesis 9:16): 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."
We are reminded time and time again about this special covenant, one that is everlasting.
Finally, as Christ comes to earth, this restoration in the hearts, this reconciliation, comes through Christ. Taking the theme of Isaiah 55, of coming thirsty, of being refreshed by the Lord, are imparted by Jesus Christ to the woman at the well (John 4:13): 13Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
Thus, let us come thirsty, let us realize our brokenness, our fall, and instead of continuing to turn from the Lord, to know that we have sinned and come to the well at high noon out of shame, instead of remaining in Babylon out of fear, let us always come to the Lord, to rejoice with Him in a perfect and everlasting covenant, that breeds everlasting life.
Praise: That God always and will forever remain true to His covenant.
Prayer: That we seek out the Lord’s covenant by coming to Him and seeking to give Him ultimate glory.
Prayer for Today: Lord, thank You for today. Thank You for the wonderful Good News You give to us and give us this covenant. Let us realize the transformative power of this covenant, to take us from our transgressions and deliver us to everlasting life. We love You, Lord, and commit our lives and our hearts to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.