Love Promised Through Generations
Verse 20 You will show us your faithfulness and unfailing love as you promised to our ancestors Abraham and Jacob long ago.
Yesterday we talked about how God had shown His love through His faithfulness and protection. Today we continue talking about this promise and our promise keeping God.
This promise of the Messiah was a source of hope through the trials of the generations. Some of their troubles though came from their own rebellious lives. We mentioned the other day how they begged for a human king because other countries had kings. That would have been a mocking of God. It was like they were saying He wasn’t enough for them. They didn’t want to trust Him to be their king because they couldn’t see Him.
But God already knew that He would be sending them a portion of Himself as God in human form through the bloodline of the second human king. He also knew that they would reject Him in human form when He did come.
This promise of a Messiah, meant to give them hope for a better future but not the national hope that they were looking for. Each generation throughout Israel’s history hoped to be rescued from invading and/or conquering countries. After not doing as they were told by eradicating all the nations that they were commanded to when entering the Promised Land, they set themselves up to be led away both physically and spiritually.
God knew their real problem. They had a spiritual problem. So while they were hoping for a Messiah that would take care of their physical problems, God stuck to His original plan of providing a Messiah to take care of their spiritual problem. They were focused on their temporal existence on earth while God’s plan was for eternity. Their plan was to rescue a generation, God’s plan was a Redeemer for every generation. They were looking for God to love them more than any others on earth but God had a bigger plan that includes us today, His people from all nations and times.
Making It Personal
Have you ever thought about how God’s plans may differ from ours? Has there been a time in your life where you thought your way was better than God’s? How did His plan work for your spiritual benefit?
Making It Personal Kids
What is a promise? How important is it to keep a promise? What are some of God’s promises?
Father, we thank You for including our spiritual safety in Your plan from the beginning. Thank You for making a way for us. Your love for us is undeniable. In Jesus’ name, amen.