Today’s readings: Jeremiah 33:1-34:22, 1 Timothy 4:1-16, Psalm 89:1-13, Proverbs 25:23-24
In chapter 31, Jeremiah spoke of God’s unfailing love. In chapter 33, Jeremiah repeats this with specific promises to David’s descendants and the Levitical priests.
19 Then this message came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 20 “This is what the Lord says: If you can break my covenant with the day and the night so that one does not follow the other, 21 only then will my covenant with my servant David be broken. Only then will he no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. The same is true for my covenant with the Levitical priests who minister before me. 22 And as the stars of the sky cannot be counted and the sand on the seashore cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of my servant David and the Levites who minister before me.”
Perhaps a better word is “committed love” – God promised to keep His covenant with Israel as long as day and night continue. It is an interesting reference to the creation, going all the way back to Genesis 1:3-5.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
According to Genesis, the very first thing that God did was to create light and separate it from darkness, resulting in day and night. With this example, I believe that Jeremiah is emphasizing that God’s committed love began at the very beginning of time and will continue as long as the world exists.