“Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers, who rule this people in Jerusalem!
Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have an agreement, when the overwhelming whip through it will not come to
us, for we have made lies our refuge and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;
therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure
foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste’.
And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plumb line; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”
Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be
beaten down by it.
A Covenant Annulled
In this prophecy from Isaiah, it outlines our condition. We have made a “covenant with death” and an agreement with Sheol. It describes our fallen nature of sin where we trust the things of this world as a marriage where we have attached ourselves to lies and falsehood.
BUT, the Lord has a response to this covenant in verse 18, “your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agree meant with Sheol will not stand;”. Our covenant with death is a broken marriage. It will not fulfill us or satisfy us. What will satisfy us? A relationship with the Lord. His covenant with us will not be shaken like our covenant with death. His promises will remain!
As we celebrate baptisms this week, we celebrate our covenant with death that has been annulled. We have a new covenant with God through Jesus Christ. It is a covenant that has a sure foundation. We praise God because he is the one. The one above it all. The one who is enough for us. The one who would send His son to die on a cross so that he could have a relationship with us.