I think it is safe to say two things about promises. First, we all like them. Second, every one of us has had a broken promise (maybe we broke it, maybe the other party did). These two things work together to make us somewhat suspicious of promises. We are set up to like the idea of promises but we have all had much experience with broken promises. Generation after generation of politician has promised one thing and done another. Many of us have memories of a love promised to last forever, that in reality lasted much less. If we aren’t careful, this “rational cynicism” about promises can blind us to the reality of God’s promises.
This Sunday’s sermons work through some of what this means for promises, especially God’s promises.