I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.
God is committed to keep His covenant to the people of Israel. After describing the exile of Israel as punishment for sins, God told His children, “I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.” Jacob is the only one of the three Patriarchs who went into exile after being born in the land of Israel, and the only one who suffered in exile. When Jacob went into exile to Egypt, God made a promise to him that has been the hope of the Jewish people throughout history: “I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again” (Genesis 46:4). Jacob is the first Patriarch mentioned here because Jacob is the Patriarch who represents the Jewish experience of exile. The “covenant with Jacob” is God’s promise to always be with us in exile, and to come out of exile with us. There are more covenantal promises yet to be fulfilled. We know with perfect faith that God will remember all of His promises.