The Lord’s Promise
August 13 – The Lord’s Promise
Read Deuteronomy 4:20-31
The Ten Commandments were written in the form of a treaty between an overlord and his vassals. They laid out the benefits that the lord, or suzerain, would provide and the conditions of agreement. The central agreement was that the subjects would submit to the authority of the one and only the one overlord.
Anyone with a passing knowledge of biblical history knows that the Israelites struggled with the conditions of the agreement and rebelled against them almost as soon as Moses received them from God. They were unfaithful time and time again. Their behavior, however, did not cancel the treaty.
God, in fact, kept His word to the Israelites. He kept His promises even as He disciplined them for their disobedience. When Solomon dedicated the Temple, he thanked God for keeping His promises to the people. Even though the people had disobeyed, God responded with mercy.
The prophet Ezekiel had a vision that is more famous than understood. He saw the people of God in a great valley and they were all dead. In fact, their bodies had decomposed to the point where they were nothing but dry bones.
In Ezekiel 37:3, God asked Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel knew God better than to answer that question in negative way. He said, “Sovereign Lord, You alone know.” On God’s command, Ezekiel prophesied, an earthquake shook the valley, and the bones assembled! “Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, now hear the word of the Lord…”
Resurrection life and power was needed to reassemble the bones. Resurrection life and power can deliver sinners from the wrath they deserve. Only the Lord Himself can bring the promised life and power. I love this line from Clowney’s book, “The situation (being dead in trespasses and sins) is too desperate for anyone else to remedy; the promises are too great for any other to fulfill.”
How had God been faithful to you even thought you’ve been unfaithful to Him?