Day # 13
Matthew 22:41b-42 Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They replied, “The Son of David.”
The promise made, the promise kept. That is hard for us to say. How many times have you promised someone something and then have failed to keep your promise? The longer it goes between the time of the making of the promise and the current moment in time, the more likely the promise is going to be broken. Make a promise to a 5 year-old child and then wait 20 years before trying to fulfill the promise. The child may well forget. You might just as easily forget. Those 20 years makes it easy to forget the promise that has been made.
It had been generations since God had promised David that he would have a descendent upon his throne forever. Was it forgotten? Did God let that promise slip by without fulfilling it? Perhaps it was one ingredient in A Recipe for a Savior that would not be added. But God never forgets His promise. His Word is sure and certain. Luke writes concerning the genealogy of Jesus: Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son of Joseph, the son of Helil…the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz.” (Luke 3:23, 31b-32) Jesus was the promised descendent of David.
While we forget promises, God doesn’t. As Jesus spoke with the Pharisees, He asked whose son the Christ would be. They knew the answer. It was a promise that they held onto in their lives. He was to be the son of David. As Jesus rode in the Jerusalem on that 1st Palm Sunday, the people called, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” (Matthew 21:9) The Christ was the promised son of David, and the people acknowledged that Jesus was that Promised One. Promise fulfilled.
What difference does it really make? As we look at A Recipe for a Savior, we see that God the Father does complete the recipe as promised. But more than that, as if that wasn’t enough, we see that God’s promises to us are just as sure and certain. His Word is true not only for those years gone by but also for us today. He promises: to watch over you and He does; to love you and He does; to forgive you and He does. He promises…well that will be what we continue to consider.
Prayer: It amazes us, heavenly Father that You keep Your promises throughout the generations, through the many ages as well as in our lives today. Lift up our sagging hearts when we begin to doubt Your promises. Amen.