Sunday Considerations: Father’s Everlasting Love

My father was known to be a generous man. He was quick to help people in need and those who had experienced serious reversals in their financial affairs. After his death, I was startled to receive unrequested and unexpected benefits from several of them. When I was in seminary, my wife and I were poor. Many weeks we subsisted on peanut-butter sandwiches. One afternoon I went to the mailbox, where I found an envelope with no canceled stamp on it. Inside the envelope was one hundred dollars in cash from a man I had not seen in more than ten years, but who had been helped by my father. That hundred dollars was the most needed windfall we have ever received. We received it for nothing we had done. We received it simply because I was my father’s son and someone wanted to express his appreciation for my father.

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah wept over the coming judgment of God. But in the midst of those times of trouble, God used Jeremiah to promise the coming of a new covenant and the redemption of a remnant from Israel:

“At the same time,” says the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”

Thus says the LORD:

“The people who survived the sword
Found grace in the wilderness—
Israel, when I went to give him rest.”

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
You shall again be adorned with your tambourines,
And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.
You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria;
The planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food.
For there shall be a day
When the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim,
‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion.’” (Jer. 31: 1– 6)

God promises the restoration of His people based on a love that He describes as everlasting. The love of God for His redeemed is not only from everlasting; it is also to everlasting. It is a love without end, a love that never ceases. In this regard, the love that the Father has for His Son will be poured out on us forever.1

  1. Sproul, R. C. (2012-09-01). God’s Love: How the Infinite God Cares for His Children (Kindle Locations 592-622).  . Kindle Edition.
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