Let’s read Jeremiah 33:19-26: “And the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.’ Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, ‘Have you not considered what these people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD has chosen, He has also cast them off? Thus they have despised My people, as if they should no more be a nation before them. Thus says the LORD: If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will cause their captives to return, and will have mercy on them’” (NKJV).

I would encourage you to read and meditate upon this passage. In it, God is assuring the nation of Israel through His prophet Jeremiah that He will NEVER BREAK HIS COVENANTS with them. They are as certain as “His covenant with the day and His covenant with the night.” God created the “sun to rule the day” and the “moon to rule the night” (see Genesis 1:14-19) and these heavenly lights have been ruling permanently over the earth ever since. Only if man was able to overthrow this natural order would he be able to break God’s covenants with David and the Levites. There were those in Israel who had thought God was forsaking His people forever (verse 24) but this would only happen if God would break His covenant with “day and night” (verses 25-26). Again, God is reassuring His earthly people Israel that He will never break His covenants with David and the Levites.

What are the covenants with David and the Levites? The “covenant with David” was given to David in 2nd Samuel 7:8-16 where He promised him in verses 12-13, “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” In short, God made a covenant with David and promised him that one day his seed would rule over the earth and his kingdom would be forever. His “seed” is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ! In Luke 1:31-33 an angel told Mary, “You will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God WILL GIVE HIM THE THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID. AND HE WILL REIGN OVER THE HOUSE OF JACOB FOREVER, AND OF HIS KINGDOM THERE WILL BE NO END.” We know that Jesus was eventually rejected by His people (John 1:11) but one day He will return to earth in power and glory to establish His kingdom (see Matthew 24:29-31; 25:31; 2nd Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6).

The “covenant with the Levites” is found in Numbers 25:11-12 where God instructed Moses to tell Phinehas…the son of Aaron the priest: “Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give him My COVENANT OF PEACE; and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a COVENANT OF A PERPETUAL PRIESTHOOD, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of Israel.”

In closing, it is sad to see so many giving up the truth that God will never cast away His people Israel. They maintain that since the nation rejected Jesus as their Messiah God has rejected them forever. To those who hold this view, I would encourage you to read (in addition to the passages above) all of Romans Chapter 11. Israel has been “temporarily set aside,” but when Jesus comes to establish His kingdom they will accept Him as their Messiah and all the promises given to them will be fulfilled. “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.’ Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (verses 26-29).  (387.5)  (DO)