19 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 20 "This is what the LORD says: 'If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21 then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. — Jeremiah 33:19-21
Jeremiah 33 is a promise of God’s restoration to the Israelites. God constantly presented his people with the way to return to his favor and avoid wrath, yet the Israelites insisted on going their own way. Even with Jeremiah’s voice as a constant reminder of the peril they would face.
But there’s a rich jewel in this passage. And you know how I love digging up those nuggets. Despite the impending destruction to Judah and Israel for their disobedience, God makes this promise in verses six and seven:
“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before.”I can picture God as the true Father, doling out the consequences of his children’s actions, then reassuring them of his continued love. It’s easy at first glance to view God has harsh and judgmental in his actions, yet digging deeper reveals his true love for his people as he disciplined them. After all, God knew what was at stake to put his Son in the position of the ultimate sacrifice for his children. And his children had a key role to play.
I think of the times I’ve given in to my children when I shouldn’t have, just because I wanted peace. Then only to realize I’d set myself up for bigger battles down the road. God is a true parent who stands by what he knows is best for not only us but the for the generations to come as well. So along with God’s discipline and judgment, we catch a glimpse of his great love for his people.
But there’s even more—that jewel I told you about. If you look at Jeremiah 33:20-21, God speaks of his covenant with the day and with the night. Two basic elements he put in place during the creation of this world. They are unbreakable. Then God uses these two unbreakable covenants in a kind of ironic use to show the lengths He will go to keep his covenant with Israel. God is basically saying to his people that if they could find a way to stop day and night, then and only then would he stop loving Israel.
I don’t know about you, but that was truly a wow moment for me. I’ve read Jeremiah many times, yet missed this amazingly powerful example of God’s faithfulness. The Bible is full of his promises and covenants, and they still apply to us, the children he had in mind when he spoke these words to Jeremiah and had the path to the cross already laid out for his Son.
What’s our job? To claim them. Read the Bible, dig out those nuggets, memorize those promises and speak them as truth into our own lives. God has put everything we need into his Word. Along with himself. We just have to mine the treasures held within those parchment pages and claim them as our own.
When we dig for those priceless nuggets, we find God—the greatest treasure of all.Praying and believing,