“If heaven above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says the Lord.” – Jeremiah 31:37
To measure the heavens and search into the middle of the earth is an impossibility for man, but not for God. God was saying that He would never turn His back and allow His people to be utterly destroyed. His Word and His promises are sure and they can be counted on with certainty. Here in Jeremiah, this is a literal promise to the nation of Israel. At the same time, it shows us something of God’s character. It reveals to us that we can count on His promises to us.
In Romans 9:6 it says, “For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham.” One commentator writes, “Paul tells us that no one is truly Israel unless he is governed by God. We have a parallel situation with the word ‘Christian.’ Not everyone who is called a Christian is truly a follower of Christ.” (Guzik on Smith)
Although this is a literal promise here to the Jews, we also see literal promises to those of us who are Christ followers. And when God speaks, we can stand on that promise. And what is this promise to us today? Salvation through the shed blood of Jesus our Lord and Savior. Speaking of the gospel Paul wrote, “it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then to the Greek.” Salvation is for everyone!
“The harlot, the liar, the murderer, are short of it; but so are you. Perhaps they stand at the bottom of a mine, and you on the crest of an Alp; but you are as little able to touch the stars as they. Everyone falls short, but everyone can be justified freely by His grace.” – Unknown