We have all been lied to at some point in our life and have been guilty of the same towards others. Sadly, we as mankind are not dependable. Our words to God and to fellow men often become meaningless after a few broken promises. Thankfully, we have a God that is in complete contrast to this bleak picture of mankind. We have a God that is a promise keeping God.
We are wonderfully reassured of this truth in the book of 2 Samuel. Early on in David’s life, the prophet Samuel was given the word from God that Saul had been rejected as king of Israel and that God would direct him to go and anoint the new king. God sent Samuel to Jesse the Bethlehemite to take a king from among his sons. God led Samuel to anoint the shepherd boy David to be the next king. However, as one continues to read the book of 1 Samuel and into 2 Samuel, we find that, although God promised the kingdom to David, it would take many years to be fulfilled. However, after years of running for his life and barely escaping death, God was faithful to His word and David became king over Israel in 2 Samuel 5.
The Bible makes it clear that our God is a righteous God that must punish sin. And although we enjoy hearing of the positive promises of God, we must never forget that God also acts in accordance with His promises to those outside the blessing and favor of God. We see this truth in Ezekiel 13, where God tells Ezekiel to prophesy against the false and lying prophets of Ezekiel’s day who were claiming to speak for God but were speaking “out of their own hearts” and following “their own spirit” (vv. 2, 3), rather than speaking God’s truth. God has very strong words against those who would claim to speak in His name but speak lies. And we see that our promise keeping God has a promise for these: “…mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel…” (v. 8).
But we must end with the best promise. In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, we are reminded that the death of Christ was not a novelty in the plan of God. Rather the death of Christ was “according to the Scriptures…”. In other words, God promised way back in Genesis 3:15 that the day would come when the Messiah would bruise the head of Satan which would find its initial fulfillment in the death of Christ on the cross. Many Old Testament saints held onto this promise and looked forward to this coming Messiah. We look back upon the sacrifice of Christ and stand in awe of our promise keeping God.