The New Covenant-Jeremiah 31:31-34

Jeremiah 31:31-34 “The time is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord, ‘because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Geremia 31:31-34 «Ecco, i giorni vengono», dice il Signore, «in cui io farò un nuovo patto con la casa d’Israele e con la casa di Giuda; 32 non come il patto che feci con i loro padri il giorno che li presi per mano per condurli fuori dal paese d’Egitto: patto che essi violarono, sebbene io fossi loro signore», dice il Signore33 «ma questo è il patto che farò con la casa d’Israele, dopo quei giorni», dice il Signore: «io metterò la mia legge nell’intimo loro, la scriverò sul loro cuore, e io sarò loro Dio, ed essi saranno mio popolo. 34 Nessuno istruirà più il suo compagno o il proprio fratello, dicendo: “Conoscete il Signore!”, poiché tutti mi conosceranno, dal più piccolo al più grande», dice il Signore. «Poiché io perdonerò la loro iniquità, non mi ricorderò del loro peccato».

 

     Jeremiah is giving a sequence of prophetic words that speak to the future return of Judah from captivity. This one revolves around the elements that would occur when God would make a new covenant with His people. It would not be like the old covenant in the exodus from Egypt where God wrote on stones but an internal covenant written upon the minds and hearts of His people. 

     The desire for the Lord would be so strong that people would not need to have external prompting from others. They would enjoy the presence and blessings of God; the hunger to know God and His presence would be their daily sustenance.

     Finally, this new covenant would not just cover the sins of the people but God would erase the memory of their sins. God could only do this by giving Himself to His people as a substitute for sin. In Isaiah 53, we see this same type of covenant of complete forgiveness of sin by substitution repeated. The New Testament reveals that in the new covenant, it is Jesus Christ who takes our place (1 Peter 2:24).Hallelujah for “the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)!

Pray with me: Lord, I am thankful that You have provided a new covenant that is based on a once-and-for-all substitution for sin. Help me to fully appreciate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and live abundantly with Your covenant written on my heart.



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