Lent Devotional: Deuteronomy 7:9-14
by Jonathan Haefs
Deuteronomy 7:9–14 (click here)
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face. You shall therefore be careful to do the commandment and the statutes and the rules that I command you today. (Deuteronomy 7:9-11)
God is the faithful, covenant keeping God. Yet he punishes covenant breakers. So, we must be covenant keepers. There is just one problem…
…we do not do that! Not a single one of us!
We are covenant breakers! All you have to do is look at the most basic summary of the Mosaic covenant, the Ten Commandments, to figure out really quickly that we have all been unfaithful to the Lord in some way. And, even if we somehow fooled ourselves into thinking that we are perfect according to the law… none of us have kept the greatest commandment to love the Lord our God with every ounce of our being!
So, what are we to do? What can we do?
The simple answer is nothing.
We cannot DO anything. We cannot fix what we have broken. We cannot un-break the covenant. We need someone to faithfully keep the covenant in our place! Yet God alone is a faithful covenant keeper. How can he keep it for us?
God took on flesh… Jesus Christ… God incarnate… our covenant keeper!
By faith we are united to Christ and his covenant keeping becomes our covenant keeping, and the destruction we deserved his taken care of by his cross!
All the blessings God promised to those who keep his covenant, including the eradication of death itself, are ours in Christ, and the day is coming when we will experience every single one of them! All God’s promises are yes and amen in Christ!
God is the faithful, covenant keeping God!
He does that! For every single one of us!