An unlikely clique

Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Deuteronomy 7:9, NASB

A thousand generations, huh? What kind of clique-making is this?  The unlikely.  Those who love God and keep his commandments are also the people who know him and must tell him what he wants to hear.  Making rivers of blood and retelling the fable about covenant-keeping are way off from the contrition and confession that brings fulfillment.

This description of God loving his lovers is responsible for a truckload of anguish.  It is no longer shocking to me how this picture of God becomes a personal challenge and a corporate figleaf.  The description is designed to invite a successful relationship with God’s instructions.  Compliance has not been responsible for divine satisfaction in any terminal fashion. This description is a push in the direction of things you’re going to need to do.

Therefore, you shall keep the commandment and the statutes and the judgments which I am commanding you today, to do them.

Deuteronomy 7:11

Sour grapes are not supposed to affect the children, according to a late proverb, but here we have God keeping covenant and loving kindness for a thousand generations.  All those succeeding generations have no credit for themselves, but are the beneficiaries because of something an ancestor did.  Confused? Let me help.

What goes around comes around

Did we not suspect that keeping lovingkindness and keeping commands are the same kind of activity?  No one has developed the idea that God is tied to a list of things he needs to do, if that is what keeping means. Some people  have dared to say that Yeshua came to the world armed with a law designed for bad guys (1 Timothy 1:5-11). God’s freedom cannot be less than absolute and perfect.  We say we are free but that freedom has undeniable limits (handrails?).

The facts and fantasy

If it were true that a person can, through his commandment-keeping, assure a thousand generations of God’s goodness it has not sufficed to end the incompetent reign of prophets, priests,  and kings, and it is obvious that reliable records of commandment-keeping for four thousand years are more likely to be a fossil record or a cave walk drawing.   It is utterly opposite to the kingdom of grace and even to the operation of the Sinai covenant, with its Tabernacle services and atonement, that one man’s obedience to the law brings practically unbroken goodness.

Unlikely and never did happen. 

My mom was a commandment-keeper so God’s lovingkindness is assured me and the next 999 generations.

No-one Ever

How do I know?  The Tabernacle stood for thousands of years until the temple was destroyed (2600 and 1950 years ago). If there is a fast food version of God’s gifts to undeserving people operation why should that be a secret at all?  If there is a temple service in operation today in 2021 that supports a 1000-generation jackpot it is the best kept secret of all time.  Unlikely.