by Jennifer Jerrome
Did you know that verses 8 and 9 of today’s scripture are the same as Psalm 45:6-7?
"Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions.
by anointing you with the oil of joy."
And Psalm 102:25-27 echo verses 11 and 12.
"In the beginning, you laid the foundations of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.
But you remain the same, and your years will never end."
While the passages from the OT may have been written for a king, they are also a powerful reference to a king who is yet to come. The book of Hebrews wants people to know that Jesus is distinct, a superior being. He is God in the flesh. God and Jesus are one and the same. All earthly things will perish and wear out like an old garment, but not God. He will last forever.
This got me thinking about a blanket I had growing up. It was pink with soft satin edges. This blanket brought me so much comfort. I distinctly remember the day my mom said it was time to "retire” my blanket (or what was left of it). I remember feeling devastated.
Flash forward almost fifty years and now it's my health that feels threadbare. My body has been rebelling and I can’t rely on it like I used to. Verse 11 says, "they will all wear out like a garment." Our earthly bodies won't last forever. The one thing we can rely on is God. Our hope and comfort lie in Jesus who is one with the Father. This is the only thing we can truly count on. God will remain the one true constant in our lives.
As I struggle to make sense of what’s going on around me, I know I can rely on you. To be marked with the oil of joy is to share in your everlasting goodness and mercy. Though our human bodies will fail, your love never will. Just as my blanket brought me comfort, now may you be the source of my peace. Amen.