12/16/21

Our scripture this morning is Jeremiah 31:31‭-‬34.

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

The Lord speaks to the people He loves through the prophet Jeremiah, telling them that even though they have broken the covenant, He is still their God. He loves us so much and is willing to forgive our sin, and continue the relationship for which He created us. We are blessed to have another opportunity to live as the people of God.

He tells us that “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts” (v. 33). This means the very word of God resides in us, part of our being. Jesus came to teach and save us. Later, the Holy Spirit came to be with us to guard and guide us.

God wants us all to be connected, to Him and to each other. Only by following the example He gave us in Jesus can we be forgiven and saved. We are all blessed to be His children and promised eternal life through His love.

Gracious God, we are grateful for Your everlasting love and care for us. Help us to know Your word within us and live as Jesus taught us. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

Retired pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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