Fresh cup of Java on the desk…Word open…not a peep in the house…yet.
In my chronological Bible read, I’m up to Jeremiah (31 to be exact), it’s refreshing to see the shift in the tone of the book, moving from “this is what’s going to happen to you because you abandoned me no matter how many chances I gave you” (for the record in Jeremiah alone God gives Israel over 100 chances to repent and change their ways) to “here is the new plan, despite your constant unfaithfulness to me, I’m going to still be faithful to you.”
In Jeremiah 31:31-34 God says that he will establish a new convent with Israel and abolish the old faulted law. Note that it wasn’t faulted by God’s design – it was faulted because Israel didn’t keep it – they broke it…time and time again and being judged severely by God for it. Yet God still has mercy on them.
31(A) “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make(B) a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when(C) I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke,(D) though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33(E) But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD:(F) I will put my law within them, and I will write it(G) on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’(H) for they shall all know me,(I) from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For(J) I will forgive their iniquity, and(K) I will remember their sin no more.”
Well, the Jesus answers that Himself and identifies Himself as the new covenant – check out Matt 26:28 —
Paul refers to this again in1 Cor 11:25 –
25In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Jesus Christ is the new covenant. He is the one who has come to abolish the old law written on stone and make a new law – written on our hearts.
God sent His Son to establish this new covenant with us by His death on cross – the shedding of his holy, divine blood for our sins, one perfect sacrifice.
This is wonderfully explained in my favorite passage of the Bible in Rom 3:21-26.
- God’s righteousness is manifested APART from the law, it is now by FAITH
- it is good for ALL (Jew, Gentile, Yankee fans, whoever), because ALL have sinned. We all have turned from God in our own ways.
- it is a GIFT, there is nothing we do to earn it or deserve it
- it is a (nother) tremendous merciful act of God to do this for us and Jesus willingly gave His life – but this is clearly the most merciful and gracious act God has ever done for us
- God’s righteousness needed to be upheld, because in his mercy he had already forgiven the sins – but how can he just look past sins if He is 100% holy – well, that’s the issue, something needed to satisfy that – and it was Jesus
- God is forever all the time just and fair – and he is the JUSTIFIER – he has provided the means for us to be justified before Him.
Now…back to more Java and possibly some Mahaney.