“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”.
The Lord’s statement as recorded in today’s theme scripture is one of the most resounding.
When the writer quotes the scriptures by saying: “…for he hath said, I will never leave you nor forsake you”, He is quoting from no fewer than three references. That’s how much the promise of God is corroborated.
He said it to Jacob.
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
He made the same promise to Israel (Deut 31:6, Deut 31:8), to Joshua (Jos 1:5) and to Solomon (1 Chr 28:20).
This promise is repeated so often that Theologians Jamieson and Fausset Brown made a concept out of it. It’s the saying of the saints about our God. It is our confidence. HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US.
He will neither withdraw His presence (“never leave thee”) nor His help (“nor forsake thee”). This is more than enough reason why believers should be assured of their faith in Christ.
The original construction will read: “I will never, no, never leave thee, nor ever forsake thee”. So many negatives (four of them) are heaped together, for emphasis.
Never, no, never, ever! It’s clear enough. The believer shall have the gracious presence of God with/in him in life, at death, and forever. Hallelujah!