“To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:9-10)
This amazing promise of God follows the description of the Messiah in Isaiah 53.
Here is the New Covenant that God draws up for His creation. His creation has been a constant trial for Him. Humankind has rebelled in every possible way. God has tried discipline and correction but it has only worked for short periods and then people are back in idolatry.
Only love, a sacrificial love, will do the job with this stubborn, stiff-necked, people. Only God Himself can be expected to accomplish anything. He can have no expectations of them for they are corrupt and lost. They need a Savior beyond themselves. And they shall have one.
This is a section of Scripture that can easily slip through without notice upon reading. It is, however, the turning point in God’s dealing with humankind. It is the most dynamic twist that amazes us all. It is God’s transition from Law to Good News to save us. It is the Cross! It is the promise of God that He will love us no matter what. Love is His only hope for us! And He will send that love in the form of His Son. Alleluia!
Heavenly Father, thank You for the shift. Of course it was all in Your time and plan but it is amazing. You teach us so much about ourselves through Your own actions. Being created in Your image has a lasting effect. Help me see You more clearly by becoming more a presence in our life.
Thank You for loving us, Your creation, and not abandoning us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn.