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Everlasting covenant

For I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be recognized and honored among the nations. Everyone will realize that they are a people the Lord has blessed. Isaiah 61:8-9 NLT

From the text, Isaiah mentioned about God establishing an everlasting covenant. This covenant is what Jeremiah described and will be written not in tablet of stones but in the hearts of those that will recognize and trust God as their Lord. “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah... I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Jeremiah 31:31, 33). This everlasting covenant is characterized by God’s love and justice. It is not about being insistent on rights but living out the righteousness of God. The covenant was ushered in by the death of Christ on the cross. “Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time” (Hebrews 10:11-12). It was God’s love shown at the cross that provides a model how justice should be dispensed. It was not feigned that resulted to “robbery and wrongdoing” (Isaiah 61:8) but an action coming out from a heart driven by God’s passion. “Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven. Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest. Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps” (Psalm 85:11-13). God is committed to those who trusted Him as Lord and Savior and that through them His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Let us invest in the Kingdom that God is building by seeking Him first and His righteousness.


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