An Everlasting Gift
Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David. Isaiah 55:3 NKJV
I’ve received many Christmas gifts in my lifetime. Some gifts, like the cassette tape player I wanted so desperately in 1971, were discarded long ago.Other gifts I’ll cherish my whole life, like the tiny crystal bird from my mom and the ornaments my children made in preschool. Someday, however, even these treasured gifts may be lost or broken; they will not last forever.
Isaiah reminded his listeners of an everlasting gift, one that could never be lost or broken. He spoke of God’s everlasting covenant–“the sure mercies of David.” God had promised David, “I will raise up your offspring to succeed you and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever . . . I will be his father, and he shall be my son . . . my love will never be taken away from him” (2 Samuel 7:12-15).
Historically, David’s heir was Solomon, but his kingdom, as magnificent as it was, endured only 40 years. Spiritually, God was speaking of another heir to David’s throne—Jesus, who will reign forever (Luke 1:32-33).
Isaiah gave his listeners that message of hope because the Babylonians were going to invade Israel and destroy Jerusalem. During the 70 years of captivity that followed, God’s people needed the assurance that He had not abandoned them forever.
During difficult times we need to be reminded of God’s “sure mercies” too. In the apostle Paul’s sermon at Antioch, he declared that post-Resurrection Christians are the spiritual offspring of David (see Acts 13:34). Therefore the everlasting covenantal promises given to David and to the nation of Israel apply to us as well.
What are the “sure mercies” of God’s eternal covenant? Isaiah referred to many of them: God gives us everlasting strength (26:4), everlasting joy (61:7), everlasting kindness (54:8), and an everlasting name (56:5). His everlasting salvation provides everlasting light (45:17; 60:9-20).
These gifts will never lose their value and can never be lost or broken. No gift we receive on earth will ever be comparable to those that our Everlasting Father has given to us. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!” (1 John 3:1).
Read Paul’s sermon in Acts 13:16-41. To whom is Paul speaking? (v. 16, 26). What is the main point of his message?
Read the benediction in Hebrews 13:20. To what everlasting covenant is the writer referring? What are the benefits of that covenant according to verse 21?
Read 2 Samuel 7:8-16. What benefits of that covenant apply to us? What parts of it refer specifically to Jesus?
Denise K. Loock