In Malachi 3:6 we read:

For I am the LORD, I do not change;

Just in case we are not convinced Hebrews 13:8 says:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

We can, and should be very thankful for this truth. It gives us certainty and assurance in our faith. God can be trusted, He is faithful and keeps His promises.

There are so many wonderful examples of the consistency of God’s plans, actions and promises throughout the Old and New Testament. I was recently reminded of a surprising example as I shared with our Pastor’s group.

Most of us know John 3:16 which reads:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

However some of us may not know that a very similar message exists in the Old Testament in a rather surprising place. We understand that while names have meanings associated with them in our culture, those meanings carry great significance in the Hebrew culture. For example; Ruth means a friend or companion, David means beloved.

And written in the names in Genealogy of the line between Adam and Noah is an interesting message. Just a couple of examples are: Adam = Man, Mahalelel = The Blessed God, and particularly interesting, Methuselah (the longest recorded life on earth) means ‘his death shall bring.’ Particularly interesting given that he died in the year of the flood. That makes his very name a prophesy and an illustration of God’s Grace.

Put together – the meaning of the names could be read this way:

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow, (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.

Right from the beginning – the plan of God, and the message of the Gospel has been the same. Hold fast to your faith and the truth of the Gospel, surrender your life to Him and continue to walk in loving obedience, filled with joy whatever you face in this life, because God is faithful, He does not change.

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:16 – 18)