Isaiah 44:21–28; Ezekiel 34:25–31; Mark 14:22–26
Remember. We are called on to remember things every day. Some have become so ingrained (putting undergarments, I hope) that we don’t actually remember them; we just do them.
Like many things that are ingrained, relationships aren’t. We might take them for granted, but that doesn’t make them ingrained.
Isaiah’s call to the descendants of Jacob was REMEMBER! Remember God, who formed them, called them and redeemed them. They needed to be reminded…again.
This time, they are called to celebrate. Celebrate freedom. Celebrate redemption. Celebrate a relationship with God.
The unfolding of their redemption, eventually, results in a new covenant of peace. This new covenant was to change the very face of the Promised Land.
The promise of this covenant was delivered while talking about their return from captivity and exile. This makes the promise sure, as they were indeed delivered. So, where was the fulfillment of this new covenant?
We Christians say that of course, it is Jesus. Jesus’ life and death personified the concepts of relationship and redemption. The Resurrection is the exclamation point of the promise in Ezekiel.
In the Kingdom of God, the lion and the lamb lie down together.
For you, what is the most important fact about God’s promises? Why?
God, you have been faithful to us, even when we wander. We give you praise, glory, and thanks for your grace-filled love. Amen.