Apr 28, 2008, 6:10 AM
“Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel just as He promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through His servant Moses.” (1 Kings 8:56)
“He is faithful in all He does.” (Psalm 33:4)
The Children of Israel did not choose God, He chose them as His ‘treasured possession.’ He promised that if they were obedient to Him, He would provide for them and protect them from all their enemies. “Know therefore that the Lord your God He is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.” (Deuteronomy 7:9)
Unfortunately, the Children of Israel were wayward and disobedient and thus opened the way to defeat by their enemies. Each time they sinned they fell prey to their violent pagan neighbours, for God removed His protective shield. Only when they repented of their sins and became obedient would He fight for and defend them. That was their pattern of behaviour in the old covenant.
In the new covenant however, He promised not to remember our sins anymore because of the finished work of Jesus, who paid with His blood for our past, present and future sins. All we need do is confess and repent of them. For “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9)
No need for any other sacrifice
God Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is the only God who does not require repeated sacrifices from His children---not after the cross. Therefore there is no more need for the slaughtering of bulls, sheep, cocks or pigeons to get His attention or to seek His favour. The cross has given us access to eternal life, wisdom, righteousness, health, prosperity and holiness---the tools we need to conquer and dominate in this world. God is satisfied and appeased by the blood His Son shed on the cross not to be angry with us anymore.
He sacrificed His only Begotten Son in order to save humanity from the consequences of sin which is eternal damnation. He is the only God that makes the worship of Him optional, not obligatory. No force or pressure is put on any one. All those who come to Him must come of their own volition, believing He is able to save them for He is the God All-mighty. He requires true worship ‘in spirit and in truth.’
His faithfulness is phenomenal in that it never changes and never fails. He promises never to leave anyone who comes to Him, nor forsake him or her.
He is our Provider, our Jehovah-Jireh, (the One who provides for our every need) Amidst all the challenges of life, He is our El Shaddai (the God who is more than enough). He offers solace to the weary. Even if we decide to quit on the way, He promises to be forever faithful; never to give up on us. If you could find such a God so faithful, He must be our God. He lends a receptive and sympathetic ear to our cries, is always available around the clock – with no busy signals or call again. We have open access. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
God is true to His word, “.....His faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5) The psalmist lived it and declared; “I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is our Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)
None of His words has fallen to the ground. His faithfulness is forever sure. “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfil?” (Numbers 23:19)
He is faithful to the point that He is ready to forgive us our sins when we depart from them, not counting our past sins against us. “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord is faithful.” (1 Corinthians 1:8-9) “Your love O Lord reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” (Psalm 36:5)
“God is faithful to all His promises.” (Psalm 145:13) Trust in His faithfulness.