Posted on November 28, 2017 Article from The Messengerin
Have you ever had a relationship with someone who was 100% reliable? Someone who has never let you down? How about someone who has always been completely truthful with you? Or never wrong?
The fact is that no one is perfect in keeping their promises but the Bible goes out of its way to demonstrate that God ALWAYS keeps His Word. In fact, even though God is all-powerful there is one thing He cannot do. He cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
God does not have the ability to act outside of His character. If He promises to do something we can be sure that it will happen because He never lies as the sovereign Lord over all creation, He has the power to ensure that it will happen.
In the Old Testament, we see God making two prominent promises to men named Abraham and David. He promised Abraham that He would (1) give His physical descendants permanent possession of the Holy Land, (2) that He would bless those descendants and (3) that people who blessed his descendants would be blessed and people who cursed his offspring would be cursed. God also promised that through Abraham’s seed (singular) the entire world would be blessed.
In 2 Samuel 7, God promises David that one of His descendants would rule over Israel forever and that the Jewish people would someday live in the promised land and be disturbed by their enemies no more.
It’s no accident that Matthew begins his gospel with these words, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (1:1). Matthew is sending the signal that every sentence in His letter is there to demonstrate how God is in the process of fulfilling His promises to Abraham and David through the God-Man, Christ Jesus.