“It may surprise you to learn that this very thing [a divorce] has happened to God. The old covenant was shattered because of Israel’s infidelity, her worship of other gods, and rejection of the Lord. The old covenant was a marriage agreement between God and his people, like that between a man and a woman today. Jeremiah 3:8 explains what happened: ‘For all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce.’ God knows what it is like to be a rejected lover, to be forced into an unwanted divorce” (Hebrews: Reformed Expository Commentary, 277).
Fortunately, for us, the Lord is able to make something brand new out of what is broken—unlike so many couples today. The prophet Jeremiah foretold of this new covenant between the Lord and His children. The prophet wrote:
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my
law within them, and I will write it ton their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
This is the new covenant that we experience and are a part of today. It is so much better than the old covenant because it is enacted on better promises and mediated by Christ Himself (see Hebrews 8:6). Thankfully, for us, Christ has captivated our hearts, won our affections and ensured that we will remain faithful to Him our Divine lover. Nothing’s left to do except prepare with joyful anticipation for the great wedding feast of the Lamb.