Covenant + Law

Did God’s promise to Abraham fail because Israel disobeyed God?

For I say that Christ became a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises to the fathers, and so that Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and I will sing praise to your name. Romans 15:8-9

He will again have compassion on us;
he will vanquish our iniquities.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
You will show loyalty to Jacob
and faithful love to Abraham,
as you swore to our fathers
from days long ago. Micah 7:19-20

He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering his mercy
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he spoke to our ancestors. Luke 1:54-55

He has dealt mercifully with our fathers
and remembered his holy covenant —
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham. Luke 1:72-73

No. God is faithful to his covenant, even when humanity is faithless. God promised to rescue His people, forgive their sins, and restore His world by sending the promised Savior, called the Messiah.

At one time or another, we’ll find ourselves in a place we don’t want to be. Maybe we made a wrong turn, a bad decision, or we’re in an unhealthy relationship. We’re broken, hurting, and a long way from God and from those who love us.

We all experience the brokenness that comes from sin. We all experience separation from God or from those that we love. But what’s important is what we do when we get there. In our pain and confusion, it can be tempting to just give up on ourselves or even think that God has given up on us.

In the Bible, the people of Israel faced a similar scenario. They, like Adam and Eve, had disobeyed God. They had broken the law that God had given them. And they had rejected God’s covenant promises. So what was going to happen? Was God going to give up on Israel? Had their sin disqualified them from being used by God? 

These are questions that we ask ourselves thousands of years later. What happened next has everything to do with us today.

God didn’t give up on Israel. God came Himself, as Israel’s Messiah. God came as Jesus of Nazareth to fulfill the covenant Israel couldn’t keep, to rescue Israel and the world.

In the same way, God will not give up on you. Wherever you are; however far away you are from home; however many wrong turns you might have taken or how many times you have promised to be different only to fail. God remains faithful. He can and will rescue you.

Spend some time today reminding yourself that God hasn’t given up on you. Think about specific times that He has protected you from the consequences of your actions and strengthened you to choose Him. Ask for Him to cover you with His love and mercy and to strengthen you in areas you feel weak.

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