Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 11, 2016

“our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and lovingkindness”

Today’s devotion comes from Nehemiah 9:32-38.

“32 “Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and lovingkindness,
Do not let all the hardship seem insignificant before You,
Which has come upon us, our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers and on all Your people,
From the days of the kings of Assyria to this day.
33 “However, You are just in all that has come upon us;
For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly.
34 “For our kings, our leaders, our priests and our fathers have not kept Your law
Or paid attention to Your commandments and Your admonitions with which You have admonished them.
35 “But they, in their own kingdom,
With Your great goodness which You gave them,
With the broad and rich land which You set before them,
Did not serve You or turn from their evil deeds.
36 “Behold, we are slaves today,
And as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty,
Behold, we are slaves in it.
37 “Its abundant produce is for the kings
Whom You have set over us because of our sins;
They also rule over our bodies
And over our cattle as they please,
So we are in great distress.

38 “Now because of all this
We are making an agreement in writing;
And on the sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests.”  Nehemiah 9:32-38.

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Praise God that He keeps covenant and lovingkindness!  We certainly do not keep our covenant.

And yet, other doctrine preaches:  “Just make another covenant and try harder!”

But, Reformed Doctrine is content to rest upon the covenant of our God Who keeps His covenant.  His covenant is all about what He does, such as “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it;  and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” and “I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” 

“31 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord.  33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it;  and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  34 They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”  Jeremiah 31:31-34.

Which doctrine is more consistent with this God “who keeps covenant and lovingkindness”?

Other doctrine which depends on man and his alleged free-will and wisdom?

Or, Reformed Doctrine which depends on our God Who keeps His covenant from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation?

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